Viral Footage Of White Woman Fabricating Story Against Black Man Circulates, She Apologizes & Is Fired [VIDEO]
Update #2: Amy Cooper has allegedly been terminated from her employer, Franklin Templeton. The news was shared on Twitter.
Original Story: The heinous act of racial profiling reared its ugly ahead, again, with footage of the incident going viral on social media yesterday. (5/25/20) Christian Cooper – the senior biomedical editor at Health Science Communication, and a Black man – had the police called on him by a white woman in the Ramble, a nature preserve in New York’s Central Park. The woman was later identified as Amy Cooper – VP of Investment Solutions at investment firm, Franklin Templeton. According to Christian, she was allegedly walking her dog without his leash, which is against the park’s rules. After what could be assumed to be a disagreement regarding the park’s pet rules, Amy Cooper proceeded to attempt to call the police on Christian. His sister, Melody Cooper, tweeted the viral video with this caption:
“Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble 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.”
Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble 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. pic.twitter.com/3YnzuATsDm
— Melody Cooper (@melodyMcooper) May 25, 2020
The disgruntled woman can be heard lying to the New York police about the severity of the incident. Amy said:
“I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life…I’m sorry, I’m in the Ramble, and there’s a man, African-American, with a bicycle helmet. He is recording me, and threatening me and my dog…I’m sorry I can’t hear you. I’m being threatened by a man in The Ramble. Please send the cops immediately.”
Amy immediately received backlash from social media. Many used the “Karen” stereotype, pointing out that she knew the ramifications of being a white woman telling the police that she was endangered by a Black man.
One Twitter user even highlighted the irony of the incident taking place in Central Park, possibly hinting at the tragic story of the Exonerated Central Park Five.
Her employer, Franklin Templeton, immediately held her accountable for. The firm’s Twitter statement read:
“We take these matters very seriously, and we do not condone racism of any kind. While we are in the process of investigating the situation, the employee involved has been put on administrative leave.”
Amy even lost her dog after the footage of her nearly choking the puppy while calling 911 surfaced! Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Inc. also issued a statement.
Last night (May 25th), she apologized via NBC New York:
“I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family. 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.”
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