A woman who was caught on video calling 9-11 on a man who allegedly asked her to put her dog on a leash has been fired by her employer.
The video was uploaded to Twitter by a woman claiming to be the man’s sister. The incident reportedly took place over the Memorial Day weekend. When the man asked the woman, later identified as Amy Cooper, to put her dog on a leash, that’s what allegedly triggered her to call the police.
This Tuesday afternoon, Cooper was fired from her job at an investment management firm.
“Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately,” a statement from Franklin Templeton read. We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton.
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
As the man, who is black, begins to record, Cooper tells him to stop.
“Please don’t come close to me,” the man replies.
The woman then threatened to call the police, saying, “I’m going to tell them there’s an African-American man threatening my life.”
“Please tell them whatever you like,” the man tells her.
“There’s a man, an African-American, he’s recording and threatening me and my dog,” the woman says into her phone. “There is an African-American man in Central Park. He is recording me and threatening myself and my dog.”