February 16, 2021

Charges Against Amy Cooper Dropped After She Completes Racial Bias Education Program

Charges Against Amy Cooper Dropped After She Completes Racial Bias Education Program

Charges against Amy Cooper, a white woman, who called the cops on a Black man who was simply birdwatching, has been dropped.

If you can remember, last year, Amy sparked outrage as she was caught on camera calling the cops on a man after he asked her to put her dog on leash whilst in Central Park. Amy’s misdemeanor criminal charge has been dropped after she completed an education and therapy course on racial equality.

“Given the issues at hand and Ms. Cooper’s lack of criminal background, we offered her, consistent with our position on many misdemeanor cases involving a first arrest, an alternative, restorative justice resolution; designed not just to punish but to educate and promote community healing,” Assistant DA Joan Illuzzi said in court, according to a statement.
The Critical Therapy Center provided classes to Cooper that “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 said.
“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.
https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1361700960159100934?s=20
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