Charges dropped against white New York woman who falsely accused Black man

Rodiano Bonacci
Febbraio 16, 2021

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. "Many others rushed to the wrong conclusion based on inadequate investigation, and for some, there may be legal consequences coming". Prosecutors said she also falsely accused the man of trying to assault her.

This file image made from May 25, 2020, video provided by Christian Cooper, shows Amy Cooper with her dog talking to Christian Cooper in Central Park in NY.

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.

Amy Cooper, who told the police dispatcher she was being threatened, faced up to a year in prison on a charge of making a false report.

The video of the encounter was viewed millions of times online and was seen as an example of the racial attitudes in New York City around the same time the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked a national reckoning on police brutality and systemic racism.

Illuzzi-Orbon said that when officers arrived, Christian Cooper was gone and Amy Cooper admitted he hadn't tried to assault her. Illuzzi-Orbon said Amy Cooper's false claim could have led to a physical confrontation between police and Christian Cooper if they had gotten to him first.

"The simple principle is: One can not use the police to threaten another and, in this case, in a racially offensive and charged manner", Illuzzi-Orbon said.

Amy was sacked from her job at an investment firm in Manhattan and became one of the faces of a series of incidents in which white women across America were seen to be abusing their privileges to report black or minority people for crimes they didn't commit.

Eliza Orlins, a public defender who is running to replace Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., tweeted: "This isn't surprising".

Cooper, who was sacked from her job at the investment firm Franklin Templeton, also issued an apology through a public relations firm past year, explaining that she had misjudged Christian Cooper's intentions that day at the park.

When a defiant Amy refused to leash her dog, he began to film her, later asking the dog to "come" so that he could put the leash on himself.

Amy Cooper also warned him she would summon police unless he stopped recording.

'I am far more outraged by the US Congress, which continues to deny the mostly Black and brown people of the District of Columbia statehood and the representation every American deserves, than by anything Amy Cooper 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. San Francisco lawmakers passed a similar law. Details of the offer were not made public until Tuesday.

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