Misdemeanor charges were dismissed Tuesday against Amy Cooper, who was dubbed “Central Park Karen” after she was caught on video falsely accusing a black birdwatcher of “threatening” her.
She had faced up to a year in prison on a single charge of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree.
But 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 told Manhattan Criminal Court Justice Anne Swern that:
“They sent her [Amy Cooper] to Critical Therapy Center … who 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.
Psychoeducation about racial equality is woven into each therapy session to prompt understanding and reflection.”
I guess we can now assume every unhinged liberal woke white woman can be cured of her racism in just 5 easy sessions?
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.
Central Park Karen
Cooper was charged in the on-camera incident in May, which showed her calling 911 on black birdwatch Christian Cooper after he asked her to put a leash on her dog.
In the hysterical call, she falsely claimed to police that Christian was “threatening my life.”
Illuzzi-Orbon on Tuesday said the diversion program that she completed with Manhattan Justice Opportunities was a punishment that was “consistent” to other misdemeanor cases.
“Ms. Cooper’s therapist reported that it was a moving experiencing and Ms. Cooper learned a lot in their sessions together,” the prosecutor said during the hearing.
Christian Cooper refused to cooperate in the prosecution, saying “she’s already paid a steep price” following global outrage over the incident.