Charges against â€˜Central Park Karenâ€™ Amy Cooper dismissed
NY Post, Feb 16, 2021
Misdemeanor charges were dismissed Tuesday against Amy Cooper â€” the so-called â€œCentral Park Karenâ€ who falsely accused a black birdwatcher of â€œthreateningâ€ her â€” 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 prosecutorsâ€™ request to toss Cooperâ€™s case after she completed five therapy sessions â€œdesigned for introspection and progress,â€ Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon at a brief virtual hearing.
â€œThey sent her to Critical Therapy Center â€¦ 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,â€ Illuzzi-Orbon told Manhattan Criminal Court Justice Anne Swern.
â€œPsychoeducation about racial equality is woven into each therapy session to prompt understanding and reflection.â€
Asked if she wanted to be heard, Cooper, dressed in a black turtleneck, told the judge, â€œNo, your honor.â€ Her lawyer also declined to speak, saying he agreed with prosecutorsâ€™ assessment.
Swern then dismissed and sealed her case.