May 26, 2020

Update: Amy Cooper Fired Following Viral Central Park Video

Update: Amy Cooper Fired Following Viral Central Park Video

Amy Cooper was terminated “effective immediately” on Tuesday from her job at investment firm Franklin Templeton following a viral video posted online that showed Cooper calling the police on a black man who asked her to keep her dog leashed in Central Park.

“We have made the decision to terminate the employee involved,” Franklin Templeton wrote on its official Twitter account, adding, “We do not tolerate racism of any kind.”

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The termination comes following Amy’s racial encounter with a Black man in Central Park in New York.

Christian Cooper was in the park watching birds and noticed that Amy didn’t have a leash on her dog. In the footage, you can see that he simply asked her to leash her dog (in the designate area they were in, The Ramble, dogs MUST be on leashes). You can  hear Amy ask Christian to stop recording her but he refused, as he wasn’t breaking any laws and wasn’t near her.

Amy tells Christian, “I’m calling the cops. I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.”

Christian caught the full encounter on video.

Amy then calls 9-1-1, and repeatedly says “there’s an African American man threatening my life.” Clearly no threat to her, Christian continues to record.  

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