The Manhattan District Attorney’s office dropped charges of filing a false report against Upper West Sider Amy Cooper on Tuesday, after Cooper completed a five-course restorative justice program.
Cooper was charged after calling police on a Black birdwatcher named Christian Cooper (no relation) in Central Park last May, and claiming she was being threatened. Christian had stopped Amy to ask her to put a leash on her dog. She refused, and he began filming her. Her agitated call to the police saying an “African-American man” was “threatening me and my dog” was criticized for putting Christian’s life in danger. Amid the firestorm, she lost her job at Franklin Templeton.
Buzzfeed reported that the judge accepted the D.A.’s request to dismiss the case.
During Tuesday’s hearing, prosecutors asked the judge to dismiss the charge against her after Cooper completed the therapy sessions “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,” Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi said during the hearing.
“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 said.