A white woman who called police about a black man she said was threatening her has apologized, has been place on leave by her employer and, lost her dog, according to Newsweek.
The incident started around 8 a.m. Monday morning, when Christian Cooper of New York asked a woman, now identified as Amy Cooper, to put her dog on a leash. Amy Cooper, according to Christian Cooper, was allowing her dog to run free in the Ramble – a protected section of Central Park where dogs must be on leashes.
According to Christian Cooper, he pointed out a sign to her that says all dogs must be on a leash at all times. She told him, “The dog runs are closed. He needs his exercise.”
Christian Cooper, of New York, posted a video of her calling the police and telling them that there was “an African American man threatening my life.”
The video exchange went viral and prompted a response from Amy Cooper’s employer.
Franklin Templeton, an investment firm, posted a statement on Twitter that said, “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.”
The Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue also posted a comment appearing to refer to the dog with Amy Cooper.
According to Newsweek, Amy Cooper issued an apology last night.
“Monday night, Amy Cooper spoke to NBC New York, and apologized.
‘I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family,’ Amy Cooper told the station via phone. ‘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.
‘When I think about the police, I’m such a blessed person. I’ve come to realize especially today that I think of [the police] as a protection agency, and unfortunately, this has caused me to realize that there are so many people in this country that don’t have that luxury,’ she added.”
According to CNN, when the New York Police responded, neither Christian Cooper nor Amy Cooper were present. Christian Cooper told CNN that he would accept Amy Cooper’s apology, “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.”
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