Charge in Central Park birdwatcher incident dropped

However she said: 'Given the issues at hand and Ms. Cooper's lack of criminal background, we offered her, consistent with our position on many misdemeanor cases involving a first arrest, an alternative, restorative justice resolution; designed not just to punish but to educate and promote community healing'.

The judge granted the DA's move to dismiss the charge of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree against Cooper.

Video of the incident, which was viewed more than 30 million times by the next day, drew outrage, coming on the heels of several other widely seen incidents of white people calling police on Black people without cause.

That's when matters escalated, as Amy quickly called the police and falsely claimed that Christian was threatening her, putting on an incredibly terrified, at times hysterical, voice - despite the fact that Christian was feet away from her.

Amy Cooper's lawyer, Robert Barnes, praised prosecutors for a "thorough and honest inquiry" into the allegations and said he agreed with the decision to dismiss the case.

"Others rushed to the wrong conclusion based on inadequate investigation & they may yet face legal consequences", Barnes added.

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.

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 second call was not recorded on video, Illuzzi-Orbon said. It was previously reported incorrectly that Cooper was the one who called 911 again. "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 was sacked from her job at an investment firm in Manhattan and became one of the faces of a series of incidents in which white women across America were seen to be abusing their privileges to report black or minority people for crimes they didn't commit. Her actions were also condemned by the University of Waterloo, which she attended, in a statement on Twitter.

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". "This is how the system was created to function - to protect the privileged from accountability".

Cooper, who was sacked from her job at the investment firm Franklin Templeton, also issued an apology through a public relations firm previous year, explaining that she had misjudged Christian Cooper's intentions that day at the park. She walks over to him and asks him to stop recording to which he refused.

Despite only one call becoming famous online, Amy Cooper is said by prosecutors to have twice called 911.

"There's an African American man, I'm in Central Park, he is recording me and threatening myself and my dog".

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