Thursday, 25 February, 2021

Charges dropped against white New York woman who falsely accused Black man

Christian Cooper filmed Amy Cooper after she refused to stop her dog running through woodland Charges dropped against white New York woman who falsely accused Black man
Adrian Cunningham | 16 February, 2021, 22:52

The white woman notoriously dubbed "Central Park Karen" for calling 911 on a black man who asked her to leash her dog past year in Central Park underwent "psychoeducation about racial equality" - five therapy sessions "designed for introspection and progress" - and so her case was dropped Tuesday, the New York Post reported.

In a hearing for the dismissal of the case that took less than 10 minutes on Tuesday, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzi presented to a judge that the district attorney's office had offered Amy Cooper a "restorative alternative" to facing charges for the incident in Central Park that included five therapy sessions.

Amy Cooper drew widespread condemnation and was sacked from her job at investment firm Franklin Templeton for her reaction to birdwatcher Christian Cooper, who had confronted her for walking her dog without a lead on May 25.

Reached by phone, Christian Cooper said he had no reaction to the news that Amy Cooper's case was dismissed.

After a 911 dispatcher called her back, she not only repeated her accusation but added the Black man "tried to assault her", prosecutors charged.

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Amy has since completed five therapeutic sessions on racial bias, which the prosecution used as leverage when asking a judge to dismiss one count of filing a false police report.

As the man continued recording, she said that she would be calling the police and "tell them there's an African-American man threatening my life". "When responding officers arrived, Ms. Cooper admitted that the male had not "tried to assault" or come into contact with her".

"Psychoeducation about racial equality is woven into each therapy session to prompt understanding and reflection", Illuzi said.

Illuzzi says Cooper entered the program and completed 5 sessions, and her therapist reported it was a "moving experience" for Cooper and she learned a lot. The confrontation, captured on video the same day Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, drew worldwide attention and was seen by many as a stark example of everyday racism.

Christian Cooper declined to participate in the criminal case.