Woman who called police on black birdwatcher has criminal case dropped

Christian Cooper filmed Amy Cooper after she refused to stop her dog running through woodland

The white woman notoriously dubbed "Central Park Karen" for calling 911 on a black man who asked her to leash her dog past year in Central Park underwent "psychoeducation about racial equality" - five therapy sessions "designed for introspection and progress" - and so her case was dropped Tuesday, the New York Post reported.

The Critical Therapy Center provided classes to Cooper that "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 said.

Illuzzi says Cooper entered the program and completed 5 sessions, and her therapist reported it was a "moving experience" for Cooper and she learned a lot.

Judge Anne Swern, presiding over the matter by video because of the coronavirus pandemic, agreed to dismiss the charge of filing a false police report and said she would seal Cooper's case file, in accordance with state law.

In the video birdwatcher Mr Cooper recorded of Ms Cooper, he sounded calm and appeared to keep a safe distance from her.

Video of the call came around the same time that footage went viral of a white Minneapolis police officer killing African-American man George Floyd. While thanking prosecutors "for their integrity", attorney Robert Barnes lashed out via Twitter.

"Others rushed to the wrong conclusion based on inadequate investigation & they may yet face legal consequences", Barnes added.

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Christian Cooper declined comment on the case when reached by NBC News on Tuesday.

Despite that, the DA continued with the case, as Illuzzi says Amy's offense "wasn't exclusively against one individual but was a threat to the community if allowed to go unchecked".

The now famous incident erupted when Cooper took her dog to New York's Central Park last May, and a birdwatcher, Christian Cooper (no relation) asked her to follow park rules and put the dog on a leash.

As the man continued recording, she said that she would be calling the police and "tell them 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".

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.

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