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Case dropped after woman in racist Central Park run-in gets therapy

Racial Injustice Central Park
Posted at 8:42 AM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 11:09:01-05

NEW YORK (AP) — Amy Cooper, the white woman arrested last spring for calling 911 during a dispute with a Black man in New York’s Central Park, had her criminal case dismissed after completing a counseling program meant to educate her on the harm of her actions.

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said prosecutors were satisfied with Cooper’s participation in the program, which she described as an alternative, restorative justice solution, and were not seeking to pursue the case any further.

Judge Anne Swern agreed to dismiss the charge of filing a false police report, a misdemeanor, and said she would seal Cooper’s case file, in accordance with state law.

In the 2020 incident, Cooper falsely told authorities that the African American man, who had been bird watching in the park, of threatening her. A video of the interaction soon went viral.

Cooper's lawyer posted a statement on Twitter after the charges were dismissed, thanking the district attorney's office for the decision.

"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," wrote attorney Robert Barnes.