“On the one hand, it has already paid a high price,” Cooper said in a Times statement. “Isn’t that enough of a deterrent to others? Bringing you more misery just seems to be piling up.”
In his statement to The Times, Christian Cooper expressed his personal ambivalence towards the prosecutor.
“If the prosecutor has a need to press charges, he should press charges, but he can do it without me,” he said.
“If all the facts are known, Amy Cooper will not be found guilty of being the only criminal offense,”
“Public shame, lost employment, denied benefits, and now jail for a misperceived, currently purported ‘wrong thinking’? For words spoken in a 60-second interaction in which even the suspected victim describes this response as excessive? This criminalized, canceled culture is cancerous and precarious, so it’s important to acquit Amy Cooper. ”
Viral video from May
“I take a picture and call the police,” she says in the video. “I’ll tell them that an African American is threatening my life.”
In comments to CNN in May, Amy Cooper said she wanted to “publicly apologize to everyone.”
“I’m not a racist. I didn’t want to harm this man in any way,” she said, adding that she didn’t harm the African American community either.
“I think your excuse is sincere,” Cooper said to CNN’s Don Lemon. “I’m not sure if she recognizes in this apology that this particular act was definitely racist, even though she may not be a racist or consider herself a racist.”
CNN’s Kristina Sgueglia, Melanie Schuman, Theresa Waldrop, Amir Vera and Laura Ly contributed to this report.