Charge in Central Park birdwatcher incident dropped

Amy Cooper

Amy Cooper

The white woman notoriously dubbed "Central Park Karen" for calling 911 on a black man who asked her to leash her dog a year ago in Central Park underwent "psychoeducation about racial equality" - five therapy sessions "designed for introspection and progress" - and so her case was dropped Tuesday, the New York Post reported.

The May 25 incident involved Cooper and Christian Cooper - no relation to her - getting into an argument over the woman's unleashed dog.

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". Prosecutors said she also falsely accused the man of trying to assault her.

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. But when responding officers arrived, she admitted that the male had not tried to assault her or come into contact with her, prosecutors said.

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Judge Anne Swern agreed to dismiss the charge of filing a false police report, a misdemeanor, and said she would seal Cooper's case file, in accordance with state law.

She added, "I'm not a racist".

The Critical Therapy Center provided classes to Cooper that "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", Illuzzi said. "Psychoeducation about racial equality is woven into each therapy session to prompt understanding and reflection".

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". The confrontation, captured on video the same day Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, drew worldwide attention and was seen by many as a stark example of everyday racism. The exchange elevated and Christian Cooper tried to lure the woman's dog with a treat.

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