A New York woman who was filmed calling the police on an African-American man who simply asked her to leash her dog in the park lost her job at a global investment firm, according to reports.
Christian Cooper shared a video to Facebook reportedly showing Amy Cooper calling the police on him, claiming he had threatened her. However, the footage shows Christian Cooper, in Central Park, asking Amy Cooper to follow the rules by leashing her dog.
“I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life,” the woman is heard yelling.
Central Park this morning: This woman's dog is tearing through the plantings in the Ramble.ME: Ma'am, dogs in the…
Amy Cooper went on to tell authorities that an “African-American man” was at Central Park “threatening” her and her dog. Police told the New York Post that they responded to the scene but ultimately left without filing any charges.
In light of the viral video, Amy Cooper’s employer, Franklin Tempelton, announced Tuesday that they’ve fired her.
“We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton,” the firm wrote in a tweet.
The video also shows Amy Cooper struggling with her dog, seemingly choking it while speaking with a 911 dispatcher. Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue Inc. said in a Facebook post that they now have the dog, which Amy Cooper adopted from them years earlier.
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[Featured image: Facebook video screengrab]