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This picture from Christian Cooper, dated Monday, May 25, 2020, shows Amy Cooper with her dog talking to Christian Cooper in Central Park, New York. A video of a verbal argument between Amy Cooper unleashed her dog and Christian Cooper, a black man who watches birds in Central Park, raises allegations of racism. (Christian Cooper via AP) Nine months after Amy Cooper falsely accused a black man of threatening her in Central Park – and becoming an unofficial symbol of the racist, harmful way that white women fall victim – Amy became Cooper cleared of offense charges. Rather than press charges, she reportedly participated in a justice restoration program “designed not only to punish but also educate and promote healing in the community,” said Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi. Illuzzi also cited Cooper’s lack of criminal background and “the problems ahead” as reasons for dropping the charges against her. But many now wonder if this is really fair. In May, Amy Cooper called the police after a bird watcher named Christian Cooper (unrelated) asked her to obey park rules and keep her dog on a leash. “There’s a man, African American, he has a bicycle helmet,” she told the NYPD. “He picks me up and threatens me and my dog … I’m being threatened by a man in the Ramble. Please send the police immediately. “Christian recorded the entire incident on his phone, which quickly went viral and sparked a nationwide conversation about how the police are armed against black Americans.” I videotaped it because I thought it was important to document things “he told CNN.” Unfortunately we live in a time with things like Ahmaud Arbery where black men are seen as targets. This woman thought she could use that to her advantage and I didn’t. ” the video for a national news bulletin that Cooper lost her job and (temporarily) her dog, was accused in July of falsely reporting a third degree incident to the police and could face a prison sentence of up to a year if convicted . “Our office will pursue a resolution to this case that holds Ms. Cooper accountable as she heals our community, restores justice, and others from continuing this racist practice, “District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. wrote in a statement. However, Christian declined to participate in the investigation. In a Washington Post statement, he wrote that he felt “ambivalent” about law enforcement and that it was more important to focus on the systemic racism and police brutality that led to the encounter in the first place. “Why was Cooper so easily tapped into this venomous racial tendency in the heat of the moment she was looking for a leg in our confrontation?” he asked. “Why is it not surprising to anyone that the police come to their aid with particular vengeance when they hear that an African American was involved?” This week, Christian said he was outraged by current issues – particularly the struggle to make Washington DC a state – than Amy’s punishment or lack of it. “This gross racial injustice could be remedied by Congress today, and that is what people should focus on, not what happened in Central Park last year,” he wrote on Tuesday. Still, there are mixed feelings about the announcement. Many abolitionists have spoken out against Amy’s charges, stating that incarceration is not justice – and, as Christian pointed out, the situation is representative of a problem much bigger than Amy, and which requires a solution much bigger than the arrest of a woman. But it is also important to think about who in America has continuously indulged in the luxury of restorative justice. “As someone who teaches courses on racial prejudice, I am confident that it was ignorant to believe that Amy Cooper needed such training,” wrote lawyer and broadcast journalist Adrienne J. Lawrence. “Your malicious weapon against racial prejudice proves that she is aware of it and knows how it works. She needed punishment, not indulgence. ” Do you like what you see? How about a little more R29 grade, right here? Amy Cooper made a second call to the police that day. How there is still voter suppression in 2020. Proud boy leader arrested for burning BLM flag