*The white woman who called police and made a false report against a Black man in the park while nearly killing her dog has been identified as Amy Cooper, VP of Investment Solutions at the multi-billion-dollar asset management firm Franklin Templeton.
We previously reported… Cooper is seen in the viral video calling police on a Black man, Christian Cooper, who asked her to leash her dog in the Ramble section of Central Park.
The video was posted by Cooper and his sister, Melody Cooper, and has been viewed over five million times as of Monday night.
Cooper, 57, is a former Marvel Comics editor and his sister is science fiction and horror writer who has worked at CW and HBO, per heavy.com.
Amy Cooper, who was initially identified by her dog walkers, has been placed on administrative leave by Franklin Templeton Investments, and the company issued the following statement: “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.”
Her Cocker Spaniel dog of two years has also been surrendered to the rescue group where Amy adopted him.
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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
Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue Inc. addressed the incident in a Facebook post Monday night:
Thank you to the concerned public for reaching out to us about a video involving a dog that was adopted from our rescue a few years ago. As of this evening, the owner has voluntarily surrendered the dog in question to our rescue while this matter is being addressed. Our mission remains the health and safety of our rescued dogs. The dog is now in our rescue’s care and he is safe and in good health. We will not be responding to any further inquiries about the situation, either publicly or privately. Thank you for your understanding.
In response to an incident involving an employee on May 25th, Franklin Templeton issued the following statement. pic.twitter.com/8f2lMwK0r5
— Franklin Templeton (@FTI_US) May 26, 2020
On Facebook, Christian described the conversation he had with Amy before he began recording with his cell phone:
ME: Ma’am, dogs in the Ramble have to be on the leash at all times. The sign is right there.
HER: The dog runs are closed. He needs his exercise.
ME: All you have to do is take him to the other side of the drive, outside the Ramble, and you can let him run off leash all you want.
HER: It’s too dangerous.
ME: Look, if you’re going to do what you want, I’m going to do what I want, but you’re not going to like it.
HER: What’s that?
ME (to the dog): Come here, puppy!
HER: He won’t come to you.
ME: We’ll see about that…
Christian explained to NBC New York why he then attempted to offer the dog a treat.
“If the habitat is destroyed we won’t be able to go there to see the birds, to enjoy the plantings. 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,” he said.
“I pull out the dog treats I carry for just for such intransigence. I didn’t even get a chance to toss any treats to the pooch before Karen scrambled to grab the dog.”
When she yelled at him, “don’t you touch my dog,” Christian said, “That’s when I started video recording with my iPhone, and when her inner Karen fully emerged and took a dark turn…”
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— Tariq Nasheed ?? (@tariqnasheed) May 26, 2020
Amy admits she overreacted because she felt threatened.
“I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family,” she told NBC New York. “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.”
She also claims she didn’t understand what Cooper meant when he told her about the treats, “I didn’t know what that meant. When you’re alone in a wooded area, that’s absolutely terrifying right?,” Amy said in interview with CNN.
Christian, who says he was bird-watching before the incident with Amy, wrote on Facebook, “Once she put the dog on the leash, I birded my way out of the park as normal (I was done for the day and on my way out when I encountered Karen).” He added, “I’m fine… At this point, I’m getting used to this. Though the full-on racist slant was new.”
Activist Jay Dav-O summed up the entire incident best with: “Amy Cooper mortgaged her entire future to try to harm a black man for telling her to follow rules. Racism is POWER. Not just n-words/slurs. She was saying “Your position in society does not allow YOU to talk to ME like that. And now you’ll be punished for not knowing your place.”