Amy Cooper had been charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree. Illuzzi moved to dismiss the charge, and the judge granted the motion, the statement said.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday dropped the misdemeanour criminal charge against Amy Cooper, the White woman who called police on a Black man in Central Park last May after she completed education and therapy classes on racial equity.
Her age is unclear.
The Central Park birdwatching incident was a confrontation on May 25, 2020, between Amy Cooper, a white woman walking her dog, and Christian Cooper, a black birdwatcher, in a section of New York City’s Central Park known as the Ramble.
Cooper’s dog was unleashed in the Ramble, an area where leashing is required; she allegedly refused Christian Cooper’s request that her dog is leashed.
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When Christian beckoned the dog toward him with a dog treat, Amy yelled: “Don’t you touch my dog!” Christian started recording Amy, who placed a call to 9-1-1; by the time New York City Police Department officers responded, both parties had left.
Amy Cooper Arrested
On July 6, 2020, the Manhattan District Attorney announced that Amy Cooper had been charged with filing a false police report, a misdemeanour with a penalty of up to one year in jail. She was arraigned on October 14.
The case against Amy Cooper, the white woman who called the police on a Black bird-watcher in Central Park and falsely told them that he had threatened her, was dismissed on Tuesday after Ms Cooper completed a therapeutic educational program that included instruction about racial biases.
At a hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court, the prosecution asked a judge to dismiss one count of filing a false report against Ms Cooper, and the judge immediately did so.
The therapy focused on the way that racial identities shape people’s lives, an assistant district attorney said at the hearing.
The prosecutor, Joan Illuzzi, said Ms Cooper’s therapist reported that their five sessions together were “a moving experience” and that Ms Cooper “learned a lot.”