A misdemeanor charge was dropped on Tuesday against a white New York City woman who became an internet video sensation last spring when she falsely claimed a Black man threatened her in Manhattan's Central Park, her lawyer said.
Cooper drew widespread condemnation and was sacked from her job at investment firm Franklin Templeton after frantically calling 911 on May 25 to claim she was being threatened by "an African American man", birdwatcher Christian Cooper, who had confronted her for walking her dog without a leash.
According to Assistant D.A. Joan Illuzzi. due to Cooper's lack of a criminal background, she was offered an "alternative, restorative justice resolution; designed not just to punish but to educate and promote community healing".
Reached by phone, Christian Cooper said he had no reaction to the news that Amy Cooper's case was dismissed.
Amy Cooper had been charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree.
Illuzzi said Cooper's program, which included five therapy sessions, stressed appreciating racial identities but not using them to cause harm.
"Psychoeducation about racial equality is woven into each therapy session to prompt understanding and reflection", Illuzi said.
Despite that, the DA continued with the case, as Illuzzi says Amy's offense "wasn't exclusively against one individual but was a threat to the community if allowed to go unchecked".
A compliance report will be filed with the court but the parties moved to seal the records of this case, which the judge approved.
Cooper, who was sacked from her job at the investment firm Franklin Templeton, also issued an apology through a public relations firm a year ago, explaining that she had misjudged Christian Cooper's intentions that day at the park.