Case dropped after 'Central Park Karen' Amy Cooper completes counselling program

James Marshall
February 16, 2021

According to the New York Times, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the charge of filing a false police report after Cooper completed a five-session therapeutic educational program that included a racial bias component.

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.

"Mr. Cooper did not wish to participate in the criminal justice process but we determined that the defendant's offense wasn't exclusively against one individual but was a threat to the community if allowed to go unchecked", Illuzzi said in the statement.

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". "We thank them for their integrity, and agree with the outcome", Barnes said in a statement to Law&Crime.

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

After a 911 dispatcher called her back, she not only repeated her accusation but added the Black man "tried to assault her", prosecutors charged. The second call was not recorded on video, Illuzzi-Orbon said.

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.

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 that one can not use the police to threaten another and in this case, in a racially offensive and charged manner".

Amy lost her job at Franklin Templeton Investments following the incident - the company noting in a statement that, "We do not tolerate racism of any kind". "This is how the system was created to function - to protect the privileged from accountability".

After the incident went viral a year ago, the company fired her, saying: 'Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately'. When she refused, he pulled out dog treats, causing her to scream at him to not come near her dog. "There's an African-American man threatening my life".

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 did not mean to harm that man in any way". "Please send the cops immediately!" she said during the 911 call before the recording stops.

Amy Cooper's 911 call inspired NY lawmakers to pass a law making it easier to sue a person who calls police on someone "without reason" due to their background, including race and national origin.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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