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Woman who called police on black birdwatcher has criminal case dropped

Woman who called police on black birdwatcher has criminal case dropped”

This May 25, 2020 image, taken from video provided by Christian Cooper, shows Amy Cooper with her dog calling police at Central Park in NY.

Following the suggestion Lowell made in his email, the subject line of the message changed from "Charges against AMY COOPER (Central Park Karen) dismissed" to "Charges against AMY COOPER (Central Park birdwatching incident) dismissed", according to a Fox insider.

Illuzzi said that based on Amy Cooper's reports, "the police could have easily found [Christian Cooper] before they spoke further to [Amy Cooper]" and that "certainly he would have been held and held forcibly if he resisted".

"Given the issues at hand and Ms. Cooper's lack of criminal background, we offered her, consistent with our position on many misdemeanor cases involving a first arrest, an alternative, restorative justice resolution; designed not just to punish but to educate and promote community healing", Illuzzi told the court, CNN reported.

Swern then dismissed and sealed her case, the paper said.

The video showed her telling Mr Cooper that she would tell police "there's an African-American man threatening my life" before she is seen calling emergency services in a distressed tone to say an "African American man" was "threatening me and my dog" and asked dispatchers to "please send the cops immediately!"

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"Mr. Cooper did not wish to participate in the criminal justice process but we determined that the defendant's offense wasn't exclusively against one individual but was a threat to the community if allowed to go unchecked", Illuzzi said in the statement.

At the time, District Attorney Cyrus Vance said Ms Cooper had "engaged in racist criminal conduct" and said it was "fortunate" that "no one was injured or killed in the police response to Ms Cooper's hoax".

"The simple principle is that one can not use the police to threaten another and in this case, in a racially offensive and charged manner".

To some, the dismissal of Amy Cooper's case after a series of counseling sessions felt like a slap on the wrist - and a slap in the face.

In the video posted on social media, Christian Cooper claimed Amy Cooper's cocker spaniel was "tearing through the plantings" in the Ramble, a secluded section of Central Park popular with birdwatchers, and told her she should go to another part of the park. She walks over to him and asks him to stop recording to which he refused. "There's an African-American man threatening my life". "I did not mean to harm that man in any way".



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