It was recently announced that Amy Cooper would face charges for filing a false police report on a Black man in Central Park. But the man she falsely called the police on, Christian Cooper, wants nothing to do with it.
Christian Cooper told the NY Times that he felt Amy Cooper has suffered enough, having lost her job and reputation. “On the one hand, she’s already paid a steep price. That’s not enough of a deterrent to others? Bringing her more misery just seems like piling on.” He continued to state that if DA Cyrus Vance wants to pursue charges, he can do so without Christian’s help.
People have been voicing mixed opinions on Christian’s decision to avoid cooperation with the DA. Some are criticizing him, stating that the incident needs to be legally addressed as a hate crime with his help, so that an example can be made of Amy Cooper and future false police reports against people of color can be reduced and discouraged.
Others are praising his forgiveness, while also opining that a harsher criminal sentence won’t necessarily teach Amy Cooper any lessons.
The incident between the two Cooper’s took place on Memorial Day, when both were at the Ramble in Central Park. Amy was walking her dog unleashed, Christian was birdwatching. Christian asked Amy to leash her dog; Amy said no, and Christian attempted to lure the dog with treats so that Amy would restrain him. At this point, the rant began and would soon be followed by a frantic phone call to the police, at which point Amy falsely told them that an African American man was threatening her and her dog.
If charged, Amy Cooper could face a sentencing as harsh as one year in jail, but the NY Times believes “she is likely to receive a conditional discharge or be sentenced to community service or counseling.” The publication also states that “Mr. Cooper’s decision not to cooperate may present some challenges for prosecutors.”