She’s outta there! Franklin Templeton, a New York City investment management company, has dropped the hammer on Amy Cooper.
Cooper is the woman seen on a viral video calling the police and straight-up lying on Christian Cooper, an African American man, whose only “crime” was asking her to put her dog on a leash in New York’s Central Park.
Initially, Franklin Templeton put Amy Cooper on administrative leave while an investigation was conducted. Word has now come that the company (confirmed on Twitter) has terminated her and added that it does not “tolerate racism of any kind.”
The video, which was posted Monday on Facebook, picks up after Christian Cooper asked the woman to leash her dog in accordance with a rule in the Ramble, an area of Central Park. She’s seen asking him to stop filming her as she walks toward him. She then tells him that she’s taking a picture and calling the cops to tell them “there’s an African American man threatening my life.”
“I’m not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in any way,” Amy told CNN. “I think I was just scared. When you’re alone in the Ramble, you don’t know what’s happening. It’s not excusable, it’s not defensible.”
Meanwhile, according to his Facebook post, Christian Cooper told Amy Cooper if she was going to do what she wanted, “I’m going to do what I want, but you’re not going to like it.”
Amy Cooper told CNN she didn’t know what that meant, adding, “When you’re alone in a wooded area, that’s absolutely terrifying, right?”