Charges Dropped Against "Central Park Karen" After Taking Racial Bias Program

Christian Cooper filmed Amy Cooper after she refused to stop her dog running through woodland

Prosecutors in Manhattan Supreme Court announced they were no longer pursuing a misdemeanor charge against Amy Cooper, who was accused of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree.

"I'm taking a picture and calling the cops", Amy Cooper could be heard saying in the viral video.

The prosecutor said Ms Cooper's therapist described it as a "moving experience" and that she learned "a lot in their sessions together".

Mr. Cooper had asked Ms. Cooper to leash her dog in accordance with park rules, and the confrontation, which Mr. Cooper recorded on his phone, escalated from there.

This file image made from May 25, 2020, video provided by Christian Cooper, shows Amy Cooper with her dog talking to Christian Cooper in Central Park in NY.

Cooper, 40, received widespread condemnation and was sacked from her job previous year after she was seen telling a New York Police Department (NYPD) dispatcher over the phone that "an African American" male was threatening her and her dog inside the Central Park Ramble on May 25, 2020.

Despite that, the DA continued with the case, as Illuzzi says Amy's offense "wasn't exclusively against one individual but was a threat to the community if allowed to go unchecked".

At the time, District Attorney Cyrus Vance said Ms Cooper had "engaged in racist criminal conduct" and said it was "fortunate" that "no one was injured or killed in the police response to Ms Cooper's hoax".

Illuzzi said that when officers arrived, Christian Cooper was gone and Amy Cooper admitted he hadn't tried to assault her.

"The simple principle is that one can not use the police to threaten another and in this case, in a racially offensive and charged manner".

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said the sessions were "designed for introspection and progress" and focused "on the ways in which Ms Cooper could appreciate that racial identities shape our lives but we cannot use them to harm ourselves or others".

Christian Cooper hopes America can change.

To some, the dismissal of Amy Cooper's case after a series of counseling sessions felt like a slap on the wrist - and a slap in the face. "This is how the system was created to function - to protect the privileged from accountability". She walks over to him and asks him to stop recording to which he refused.

Cooper later told CNN she regretted calling the police: "It was unacceptable, and words are just words, but I can't undo what I did". "I'm going to tell them there's an African American man threatening my life". Details of the offer were not made public until Tuesday.



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