A Black Man Asked a White Woman to Leash Her Dog. She Called the Cops.

Amy Cooper calling the police. Photo: @melodyMcooper/Twitter

On Monday morning — Memorial Day — Christian Cooper was bird-watching in the wooded area of Central Park known as the Ramble when he saw a dog off leash. Cooper, a black man, asked the dog’s owner, a white woman, to leash her dog (while there are many off leash areas for dogs in Central Park, the Ramble is not one of them) and the next thing he knew, the woman was calling the cops, telling Cooper, “I’m going to tell them there’s an African-American man threatening my life.”

青青青国产在观免费2018Video of the incident, which Cooper filmed on his phone, went viral on Monday evening, after his sister, Melody Cooper, posted it to Twitter. It has since been retweeted over 100,000 times.

In the video, the dog’s owner, Amy Cooper (no relation to Christian and Melody) can be seen crowding Christian Cooper and pointing her finger in his face — “Please don’t come close to me,” he asks — and then backing away and calling the police, while her dog struggles in her hands.

“I’m sorry, I’m in the Ramble, and there’s a man — African-American, he has a bike helmet — he is recording me and threatening me,” Amy told police, repeatedly emphasizing Christian Cooper’s race before shrieking again, more dramatically, that she was being threatened.

青青青国产在观免费2018“Thank you,” Christian Cooper says when she finally clips the leash on her dog.

青青青国产在观免费2018The NYPD that when officers responded to the call, neither Amy Cooper nor Christian Cooper were there, and that no arrests or summons were made.

The clip sparked outrage online, with some drawing parallels between the woman’s false accusation that she was being threatened, and the recent killing of Ahmaud Arbery青青青国产在观免费2018, a black man in Georgia who was pursued and murdered by several white men in February while out for a jog because the men claimed to suspect of committing burglaries in the area.

青青青国产在观免费2018“When she says ‘I’m going to tell the cops an African American man is threatening my life,’ that’s a threat — but also a confession,” wrote Democratic congressional candidate . “A confession that she’s well aware of America’s systemic racial injustices — and she’s ready to weaponize them against him. That’s potentially lethal.”

In the hours after the video was posted, Amy Cooper’s dog, a cocker spaniel named Henry, was from which Amy Cooper had adopted him several years ago, and Franklin Templeton, the multinational investment firm where Amy Cooper worked as the head of insurance investment solutions, suspended her.

“We take these matters very seriously, and we do not condone racism of any kind,” Franklin Templeton wrote in a statement on Twitter Monday night, adding that it was investigating the issue. The next day, the company announced that it had fired Amy Cooper, writing; “We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton.”

On Tuesday morning, Amy Cooper told CNN that she wanted to “publicly apologize to everyone,” saying, “I’m not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in any way.”

“I think I was just scared,” she said. “When you’re alone in the Ramble, you don’t know what’s happening. It’s not excusable, it’s not defensible.” She added that her “entire life is being destroyed right now.”

When asked by CNN if he would accept Amy Cooper apology, Christian Cooper responded that he would, “if it’s genuine, and if she plans on keeping her dog on a leash in the Ramble going forward, then we have no issues with each other.”

This post has been updated.

White Woman Calls Cops After Black Man Asks Her to Leash Dog