Woman who called police on black birdwatcher has criminal case dropped

Carla Harmon
February 17, 2021

Christian Cooper, an avid bird-watcher, had reportedly asked Amy Cooper to leash her dog and began recording their verbal dispute on his cell phone once she began dialing 911.

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.

Amy Cooper completed an educational course.

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said prosecutors were satisfied with Cooper's participation in the program, which she described as an alternative, restorative justice solution, and were not seeking to pursue the case any further.

"Having completed 5 sessions, Ms. Cooper's therapist reported that it was a moving experience and that Ms. Cooper learned a lot in their sessions together", she added.


Prosecutors later said that Ms Cooper had repeated the claim and accused Mr Cooper of trying to assault her during a second call.

The clip posted on Twitter was filmed by the man, Christian Cooper (no relation), who said he had asked the woman to leash her dog.

Cooper, 40, received widespread condemnation and was sacked from her job past year after she was seen telling a New York Police Department (NYPD) dispatcher over the phone that "an African American" male was threatening her and her dog inside the Central Park Ramble on May 25, 2020. Illuzzi also noted that Christian Cooper declined to participate in the criminal justice process. "When responding officers arrived, Ms. Cooper admitted that the male had not "tried to assault" or come into contact with her".

"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".

She completed five "psychoeducation and therapy" sessions that helped her "appreciate that racial identities shape our lives" and that "we can not use them to harm ourselves or others", Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi said.


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.

Ernest Owens, a prominent Black journalist, tweeted: "White privilege, 2021". "There's an African-American man threatening my life".

"Please call the cops", said Christian Cooper.

Amy Cooper did not speak when offered the chance Tuesday by New York Criminal Court Judge Anne Swern. San Francisco lawmakers passed a similar law.


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