White Woman in Central Park Calls Police on Black Man Asking for Her Dog to Be Put on Leash (UPDATE)

A video showing a woman in NYC's Central Park calling the police on a black man who requested she put a leash on her dog has elicited backlash.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 25: People sit on The Great Lawn in Central Park on Memorial Day during the coronavirus pandemic on May 25, 2020 in New York City. Government guidelines encourage wearing a mask in public with strong social distancing in effect as all 50 states in the USA have begun a gradual process to slowly reopen after weeks of stay-at-home measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 5/26, 11:05 p.m. ET: Amy Cooper has been fired, according a tweet from her company, Franklin Templeton.

Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately. We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton.

— Franklin Templeton (@FTI_US) May 26, 2020

"Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately," the investment firm wrote. "We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton."

"It’s a little bit of a frenzy, and I am uncomfortable with that," Christian Cooper, the man who Amy called the police on, said of the response to the video of the altercation, per the New York Times. "If our goal is to change the underlying factors, I am not sure that this young woman having her life completely torn apart serves that goal."

See original story below.

On Monday morning, a white woman in New York City's famed Central Park decided to call the cops on a black man after he requested that she restrain her dog with a leash.

"I'm gonna tell them there's an African American man threatening my life," the woman, who has been identified as Amy Cooper, can be heard saying before calling 911 despite the man appearing not to show any signs of being aggressive towards her.

Christian Cooper, the man who can be heard speaking to Amy Cooper in the video, also makes no threats. "There is an African-American man, I'm in Central park, he is recording me, and threatening myself and my dog," she said. "I'm being threatened by a man in the Ramble, please send the cops immediately."

Video shared to social media showing the encounter—including an account of the incident on Christian Cooper's Facebook— has since gone viral. Many have called for her to be fired from her job at Franklin Templeton, where Newsweek reports she holds the position of vice president of investment solutions. Others are calling for her arrest for filing a false police report.

Christian's sister Melody Cooper posted the footage to Twitter, pointing out that the area requires that dogs be leashed. "Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble [sic] in NY’s Central Park, where it is clearly posted on signs that dogs MUST be leashed at all times, and someone like my brother (an avid birder) politely asks her to put her dog on the leash," Melody Cooper tweeted.

In response to an incident involving an employee on May 25th, Franklin Templeton issued the following statement. pic.twitter.com/SSKqMVgEsP

— Franklin Templeton (@FTI_Global) May 26, 2020

Police eventually responded to Amy Cooper's call but left without making an arrest. "Upon arrival, police determined two individuals had engaged in a verbal dispute," a spokesperson for the NYPD said, per WPIX. "There were no arrests or summonses issued and both parties went on their way."

"If the habitat is destroyed we won’t be able to go there to see the birds, to enjoy the plantings," Christian Cooper toldNBC New York. "The only way they can keep the dog from eating the treat is to put it on a leash. ... At some point, she decided I’m gonna play the race card, I guess."

Franklin Templeton, the investment firm Amy Cooper works for, released a statement on the incident and said that she has been placed on administrative leave.

"We take these matters very seriously, and we do not condone racism of any kind," the company said. "While we are in the process of investigating the situation, the employee involved as been put on administrative leave."

In case you’re wondering if some people are willing to put the lives of others at risk by calling the cops on them, and lying about the threat. Imagine doing this KNOWING you are being recorded. https://t.co/XYEBhYHoNd

— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) May 25, 2020

Amy Cooper has also returned her dog to the Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue.

I can’t get over the video of the woman in NYC with her dog. The false police report and the fake cries of dispair were so disgusting. Lies and fake reactions like that get black people killed for simply existing. I hope that Amy Cooper is severely punished for her actions.

— TONI TONE (@t0nit0ne) May 26, 2020

"I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family,” Amy Cooper told NBC New York by phone. “It was unacceptable and I humbly and fully apologize to everyone who's seen that video, everyone that's been offended...everyone who thinks of me in a lower light and I understand why they do. When I think about the police, I'm such a blessed person. I've come to realize especially today that I think of [the police] as a protection agency, and unfortunately, this has caused me to realize that there are so many people in this country that don't have that luxury.”

Read some reactions from observers on Twitter below.

Amy Cooper said "African American" because racist white women know how to hide behind the appropriate terminology as they weaponize the state when their privilege is challenged.

— Sofia Quintero (@sofiaquintero) May 25, 2020

This woman (who has been identified as some sort of finance exec, Amy Cooper) needs to be charged with (at a minimum) Falsely Reporting an Incident to the Police, Harassment, and Making a Terroristic Threat.

Hey, the evidence is all right there on the video. https://t.co/HW3NEpJteF

— Rebecca J. Kavanagh (@DrRJKavanagh) May 26, 2020

It is quite clear that Amy Cooper falsely reported an incident.

That she intended to cause physical injury to this man, or worse, using the police as a dangerous and potentially deadly weapon.

And, let’s be clear, she also put the police in danger in the process. https://t.co/eArX7APgPF

— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) May 26, 2020

Filling a false police report is a crime.

Being racist is reprehensible.

There needs to be accountability for this. Disgusting. https://t.co/XURqxDPj0V

— Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) May 26, 2020

That dog left Central Park and went straight to the Feds to give his statement pic.twitter.com/EYBSAG3kKb

— Roy Wood Jr aka Snack Turner (@roywoodjr) May 26, 2020

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