Amy Cooper, the white woman who was caught on video calling 911 on a Black man in Central Park, is no longer facing any criminal charges.
On Tuesday, a judge in Manhattan Criminal Court dismissed Amy’s misdemeanor charge of falsely reporting an incident after prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said Cooper had completed five therapy sessions including instructions about racial biases.
If convicted of the charge, Amy — who has been dubbed “Central Park Karen” by social media users — could have faced up to a year in jail.
After the hearing, Amy’s lawyer Robert Barnes wrote a statement on Twitter, thanking the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for “a thorough & honest inquiry.”
After a thorough & honest inquiry, the New York DA's office dismissed all charges today against #AmyCooper. We thank them for their integrity & concur w/ the outcome. Others rushed to the wrong conclusion based on inadequate investigation & they may yet face legal consequences.— Robert Barnes (@barnes_law) February 16, 2021
Last May, Amy got into an altercation with Black bird-watcher Christian Cooper (no relation) after Christian said Amy declined to leash her dog, which the park requires.
After Christian began filming her, Amy called the police, alleging that Christian threatened her and her dog.
“I’m going to tell them there’s an African-American man threatening my life,” Amy is heard telling Christian while calling authorities.
After the incident, Amy was fired from her job at Franklin Templeton, and briefly lost custody of her dog after social media users accused her of choking the animal for nearly a minute when she grabbed it by its collar.
Though Amy was charged, Christian declined to cooperate with the prosecution’s investigation.
“On the one hand, she’s already paid a steep price,” Christian said in a statement obtained by The New York Times on July 7. “That’s not enough of a deterrent to others? Bringing her more misery just seems like piling on.
“So if the D.A. feels the need to pursue charges, he should pursue charges. But he can do that without me,” Christian continued.
Shortly after the incident, Amy apologized to Christian in an interview with NBC New York.
“I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family,” Amy said in a May 2020 phone call. “It was unacceptable and I humbly and fully apologize to everyone who’s seen that video, everyone that’s been offended… everyone who thinks of me in a lower light, and I understand why they do.
“When I think about the police, I’m such a blessed person. I’ve come to realize especially today that I think of [the police] as a protection agency, and unfortunately, this has caused me to realize that there are so many people in this country that don’t have that luxury,” she continued.