Charge against Amy Cooper dropped after completing racial bias education program

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

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

After a 911 dispatcher called her back, she not only repeated her accusation but added the Black man "tried to assault her", prosecutors charged. 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.

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". The second call was not recorded on video, Illuzzi-Orbon said.

As you'll recall. Cooper was filmed on May 25, 2020 by a birdwatcher in the park named Christian Cooper (no relation) calling the police on him and falsely claiming.

"The simple principle is: One can not use the police to threaten another and, in this case, in a racially offensive and charged manner", Illuzzi-Orbon said.

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

"They sent her to Critical Therapy Center ... who provided psychoeducation and therapy services which 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-Orbon told Manhattan Criminal Court Justice Anne Swern, according to the Post.

"Having completed 5 sessions, Ms. Cooper's therapist reported that it was a moving experience and that Ms. Cooper learned a lot in their sessions together", Illuzzi's statement said, CNN reported.

To some, the dismissal of Amy Cooper's case after a series of counselling sessions felt like just a slap on the wrist. "This is how the system was created to function - to protect the privileged from accountability". He also called out the "irony" of the case being dropped following the counselling program.

In the video posted on social media, Christian Cooper claimed Amy Cooper's cocker spaniel was "tearing through the plantings" in the Ramble, a secluded section of Central Park popular with birdwatchers, and told her she should go to another part of the park.

Amy Cooper also warned him she would summon police unless he stopped recording. "There's an African-American man threatening my life".

Despite only one call becoming famous online, Amy Cooper is said by prosecutors to have twice called 911. He told her to call the police as he kept recording the incident.

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.