Central Park 'Karen' Amy Cooper Has Case Dismissed

Christian Cooper, an avid bird-watcher, had reportedly asked Amy Cooper to leash her dog and began recording their verbal dispute on his cell phone once she began dialing 911.

He also threatened legal action against people who rushed to the wrong conclusion'.

When police called Amy Cooper back in an attempt to locate her in the park, she falsely claimed the man, Christian Cooper, had "tried to assault her", Illuzzi-Orbon said.

The New York Post reported that Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said a judge granted prosecutors' request to dismiss the case against Cooper after she completed five therapy sessions "designed for introspection and progress".

Amy Cooper was arraigned in NY in October on a charge of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.

Cooper, 40, received widespread condemnation and was sacked from her job past 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.

The video of the encounter was viewed millions of times online and was seen as an example of the racial attitudes in New York City around the same time the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked a national reckoning on police brutality and systemic racism.

Barnes, who has previously written columns for Law&Crime, was also one of the lawyers who represented Covington Catholic students in a defamation lawsuit against various public and media figures.

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Illuzzi-Orbon said that when officers arrived, Christian Cooper was gone and Amy Cooper admitted he hadn't tried to assault her. Illuzzi-Orbon said Amy Cooper's false claim could have led to a physical confrontation between police and Christian Cooper if they had gotten to him first. "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".

After the incident, Amy Cooper was sacked from her job as a portfolio manager at investment firm Franklin Templeton.

Eliza Orlins, a public defender who is running to replace Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., tweeted: "This isn't surprising".

The May 25 incident involved Cooper and Christian Cooper - no relation to her - getting into an argument over the woman's unleashed dog. When she refused, he pulled out dog treats, causing her to scream at him to not come near her dog.

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". "I did not mean to harm that man in any way".

She called the cops hysterical, falsely claiming he was threatening her life.

But Christy Hull Eikhoff, a partner at the Alston & Bird law firm and a defamation expert, told Law&Crime that although the Covington and Amy Cooper cases do have some similarities, characterizations of Cooper as racist would fall under "subjective opinion" and therefore not be defamatory.

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