Charges Dropped Against ‘Central Park Karen’ — Amy Cooper — For Calling Police on Innocent Black Man
A judge in New York City dropped charges against Amy Cooper, a white woman who called the police on an innocent black man, Christian Cooper, who was bird watching in Central Park on May 25, 2020.
Christian asked Amy (no relation) to follow the rules and leash her dog in the park, but she responded by threatening to call the police, which she did twice:
I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.
Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi said prosecutors were satisfied with Amy’s progress in a program designed to have her take responsibility, notes the New York Daily News:
Ms. Cooper’s therapist reported that it was a moving experience, and that Ms. Cooper learned a lot in their sessions together.
Amy’s lawyer Robert Barnes contradicted Illuzzi, and called the judge’s ruling an acquittal for Amy, meaning she was totally innocent and not responsible:
Others rushed to the wrong conclusion based on inadequate investigation & they may yet face legal consequences.
(Source: New York Daily News, Photo Credit: Christian Cooper)