Woman who called police on black birdwatcher has criminal case dropped


Amy Cooper, 41, gained infamy last May when she appeared in a video calling police to falsely claim she was being threatened by an African-American man.

She completed five "psychoeducation and therapy" sessions that helped her "appreciate that racial identities shape our lives" and that "we can not use them to harm ourselves or others", Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi said.

Amy Cooper's call to police was recorded on cellphone video and was widely criticized because of the emphasis she placed on the race of the stranger with whom she was in a heated confrontation. Judge Anne Swern agreed to dismiss the charge and said she would seal Ms Cooper's case file, in accordance with state law.

Illuzzi-Orbon on Tuesday said the diversion program that she completed with Manhattan Justice Opportunities was a punishment that was "consistent" with other misdemeanor cases.

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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".

The incident happened the same day that unarmed black man George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, triggering weeks of national and global anti-racism protests.

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"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".

Amy Cooper completed an educational course.

Illuzzi said that based on Amy Cooper's reports, "the police could have easily found [Christian Cooper] before they spoke further to [Amy Cooper]" and that "certainly he would have been held and held forcibly if he resisted".

Ernest Owens, a prominent Black journalist, tweeted: "White privilege, 2021". She walks over to him and asks him to stop recording to which he refused. "I'm going to tell them there's an African American man threatening my life".

The latest iteration of Karen popped up in New York City's Central Park as a white woman called the police on a black man after being asked to put a leash on her dog.

"Please call the cops", said Christian Cooper. "I did not mean to harm that man in any way". Details of the offer were not made public until Tuesday.

Amy Cooper's 911 call inspired NY lawmakers to pass a law making it easier to sue a person who calls police on someone "without reason" due to their background, including race and national origin.