Who is Amy Cooper?
Amy Cooper is a woman nicknamed ‘Central Park Karen’ who was walking her dog on the morning of May 25, 2020, in an area of Central Park, where writer and editor Christian Cooper was birdwatching and noticed that Amy’s dog was unleashed and running free, despite the requirement that dogs in that part of the park be on-leash according to the Central Park Conservancy, which manages the park under contract with the city.
Manhattan prosecutors have dropped their charges against Amy Cooper, a white woman who earned herself the nickname Central Park Karen after she called 911 on an innocent black birdwatcher and claimed he was threatening her life, saying she ‘learned a lot in therapy’ and has no criminal background.
How old is Amy Cooper?
Based on her outlook, Amy Cooper appears to be in her 40s.
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Christian asked Amy to leash her dog, and she allegedly refused. By his own account, Christian then said, “Look, if you’re going to do what you want, I’m going to do what I want, but you’re not going to like it,” and beckoned the dog toward him with a dog treat.
Amy then yelled, “Don’t you touch my dog!” Christian then began recording on his cellphone.
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Christian Cooper’s video begins with Amy Cooper approaching him asking him to stop recording and pointing her finger in his face. He says to her: “Please don’t come close to me”. She then says to Christian: “I’m calling the cops … I’m gonna tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.”
She then pulls out her phone and begins calling the police and, when connected to the 9-1-1 operator, she tells the operator that “There is an African American man—I am in Central Park— he is recording me and threatening myself and my dog. Please send the cops immediately!”
The video ends with Christian telling her “thank you”, the moment she leashes the dog.
Police said that by the time they responded, both individuals had left.
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Last year, after the incident went viral thanks to a video he took of it and posted on social media, he accepted her apology, saying: ‘I do accept her apology. I think it’s the first step. I think she’s gotta do some reflection on what happened because up until the moment when she made that statement.
‘It was just a conflict between a birder and a dog walker, and then she took it to a very dark place.
‘I think she’s gotta sort of examine why and how that happened.’
He declined to be part of the legal process against her.
Amy Cooper Update
Misdemeanor charges were dismissed Tuesday against Amy Cooper — the so-called “Central Park Karen” who falsely accused a black birdwatcher of “threatening” her — after she completed a handful of therapy sessions.
She had faced up to a year in prison on a single charge of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree.
Instead, a judge granted Manhattan prosecutors’ request to toss Cooper’s case after she completed five therapy sessions “designed for introspection and progress,” Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon at a brief virtual hearing.
“They sent her to Critical Therapy Center … which provided psychoeducation and therapy services which focused on the ways in which Ms. Cooper could appreciate that racial identities shape our lives but we cannot use them to harm ourselves or others,” Illuzzi-Orbon told Manhattan Criminal Court Justice Anne Swern.
“Psychoeducation about racial equality is woven into each therapy session to prompt understanding and reflection.”
Asked if she wanted to be heard, Cooper, dressed in a black turtleneck, told the judge, “No, your honor.” Her lawyer also declined to speak, saying he agreed with the prosecutors’ assessment.
Swern then dismissed and sealed her case.
Where is Amy Cooper now?
She was fired 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.
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ADA Illuzzi outlined that the case could have resulted in the cops tracking Christian down and arresting him had the pair not stayed at the park to speak to the police when they arrived. She said Cooper completed a ‘comprehensive, respectful program’ at the Critical Therapy Center where she focused on ‘the ways in which Ms. Cooper could appreciate that racial identities shape our lives but we cannot use them to harm ourselves or others.’
‘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. The compliance report is attached, we are filing it with the court.
‘Having completed the restorative justice program to our satisfaction, we now move to dismiss,’ she said.