Amy Cooper, Who Falsely Accused Christian, Has Charges Dropped

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 16, 2021

The May 25 incident involved Cooper and Christian Cooper - no relation to her - getting into an argument over the woman's unleashed dog.

Illuzzi-Orbon also said the diversion program Cooper completed with Manhattan Justice Opportunities was a punishment "consistent" with other misdemeanor cases, the paper said.

After a 911 dispatcher called her back, she not only repeated her accusation but added the Black man "tried to assault her", prosecutors charged. Judge Anne Swern agreed to dismiss the charge and said she would seal Ms Cooper's case file, in accordance with state law. But when responding officers arrived, she admitted that the male had not tried to assault her or come into contact with her, prosecutors said.

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has agreed to dismiss Cooper's charge of falsely reporting an incident because she completed a program meant to address racial bias. She was subsequently charged with filing a false police report, and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. described her conduct as "racist".

According to Assistant D.A. Joan Illuzzi. due to Cooper's lack of a criminal background, she was offered an "alternative, restorative justice resolution; designed not just to punish but to educate and promote community healing".

"Psychoeducation about racial equality is woven into each therapy session to prompt understanding and reflection", Illuzi said.

The prosecutor said Ms Cooper's therapist described it as a "moving experience" and that she learned "a lot in their sessions together".

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.

Ms Illuzzi-Orbon said in court that he did not wish to participate in the criminal case.

Video of the incident, which was viewed more than 30 million times by the next day, drew outrage, coming on the heels of several other widely seen incidents of white people calling police on Black people without cause.

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