Birdwatcher in 'Central Park Karen' case not cooperating with prosecutors, says they can do it 'without me'

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July 07, 2020 - 7:37 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The white woman who called police on a Black birdwatcher in Central Park in May was charged Monday with filing a false police report, but the District Attorney may have a problem: the birdwatcher says he wants nothing to do with the case.

“On the one hand, she’s already paid a steep price,” Christian Cooper said in a statement to The New York Times Tuesday. “That’s not enough of a deterrent to others? Bringing her more misery just seems like piling on.”

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But he added, acknowledging that the incident represents a greater issue, “so if the DA feels the need to pursue charges, he should pursue charges. But he can do that without me.”

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office on Monday charged Amy Cooper with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree for calling police on Christian Cooper.

After the Central Park incident, Amy Cooper was fired from her job and lost "her public life," her attorney said Monday.

And while some advocates support prosecuting Amy Cooper, others maintain filing charges against her “reinforces the idea that the only just consequence for wrongdoing should be incarceration,” according to the outlet.