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Christian Cooper says prosecuting Amy Cooper 'lets white people off the hook'

July 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Christian Cooper, the Black man who filmed a White woman calling the police on him while he was birdwatching in New York's Central Park in May, says he's not cooperating in her prosecution -- which "lets white people off the hook" and "their own prejudices unexamined."

(CNN)Christian Cooper, the Black man who filmed a White woman calling the police on him while he was birdwatching in New York's Central Park in May, says he's not cooperating in her prosecution -- which "lets white people off the hook" and "their own prejudices unexamined. "

The Manhattan district attorney is prosecuting the woman, Amy Cooper (no relation), on a charge of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree.

"Focusing on charging Amy Cooper lets white people off the hook from all that," he added.

"Considering that Amy Cooper has already lost her job and her reputation, it's hard to see what is to be gained by a criminal charge, aside from the upholding of principle," Christian Cooper wrote in The Post.

An attorney for Amy Cooper has said that she would be acquitted and decried the rise of "cancel culture. "

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