The Manhattan District Attorney dropped misdemeanor charges against Amy Cooper.
Cooper, the white woman who falsely called the police on a Black man in Central Park, completed five courses in a “restorative justice resolution.” As an alternative to jail time, she was required to complete racial equity education classes. She reportedly learned to appreciate different racial identities. According to CNN, the DA dropped her charge Tuesday.
Cooper faced backlash after the May 2020 Central Park incident involving Christian Cooper (no relation). Christian frequented Central Park as a birdwatcher. On that day, he noticed Amy’s dog did not have a leash. He asked her to put the leash on the dog, prompting her to then call the police.
Christian filmed the incident as a precaution and posted it to social media. In the video, Amy told the 911 operator in a frantic voice that an African American man threatened her. When the police arrived, Amy admitted that she lied about the incident. As a result, she lost her job and officials charged her with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree.
The video went viral on social media. At the height of the Black Lives Matter movement, Christian’s story shed light on what it means to be black in America.