Here in New York, a video has gone viral showing a white woman calling the cops on a Black man and falsely accusing him of “threatening her life” after he asked her to leash her dog in Central Park. Christian Cooper — a writer, editor, avid bird watcher and board member of the New York City Audubon Society — filmed on his smartphone as the woman, Amy Cooper, dialed 911 to report him.
Amy Cooper: “There is an African American man. I am in Central Park. He is recording me and threatening myself and my dog. And like — I’m sorry, I can’t hear you, either. I’m being threatened by a man in the Ramble. Please send the cops immediately!”
The woman, Amy Cooper, has since been fired by her employer, investment company Franklin Templeton. She has also surrendered her dog to the shelter it was adopted from. Amy Cooper has since publicly apologized, telling CNN, “I’m not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in any way. I think I was just scared.”