N.Y. Drops Case Over Woman Who Called Cops on Black Bird WatcherBy
- Amy Cooper completed court alternative program on racial bias
- Black birdwatcher declined to participate in prosecution
Criminal charges were dropped Tuesday against Amy Cooper, the White woman who was caught on a viral video making a false 911 police complaint against a Black bird watcher in New York City’s Central Park.
The misdemeanor charge of false reporting of a police incident in the third-degree against Cooper was dropped after Assistant Manhattan District Attorney Joan Illuzzi said the defendant had completed court-sanctioned therapy sessions about racial bias.
Such a program was appropriate, Illuzzi said, given the fact that this was Amy Cooper’s first arrest, her lack of criminal history and the fact that she’d been charged with a misdemeanor.
“After a thorough and honest inquiry, the New York DA’s office dismissed all charges today,” her lawyer, Robert Barnes, said in a statement on Twitter. “We thank them for their integrity and concur w/the outcome.’