Central Park ‘Karen’ Who Called Police On Black Man In Viral Video Gets Fired From Her Job, Loses Her Dog, And Says Her Life Is Being ‘Destroyed’
Amy Cooper, the white woman who called police on a black man in Central Park after a dispute about her unleashed dog, is facing the consequences of her actions.
On Memorial Day, Cooper was filmed calling the police and telling them that an African-American man was threatening her life when in reality all he did was ask to put a leash on her dog.
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
Cooper, who was immediately doxxed by the Internet, has since apologized and says her life is being “destroyed” right now due to the video.
Amy Cooper told CNN she wanted to “publicly apologize to everyone.”
“I’m not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in any way,” she said, adding that she also didn’t mean any harm to the African American community.
Amy Cooper told CNN that since the video was posted, her “entire life is being destroyed right now.”
“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.”
Less than 24 hours after the video was posted on Twitter, Cooper has been let go from her job as head of insurance investment solutions at Franklin Templeton.
Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately. We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton.
— Franklin Templeton (@FTI_US) May 26, 2020
She also surrendered her dog to Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue after social media users accused her of animal cruelty for grabbing and pulling the dog by the neck throughout the video.
Update: Michael Fischer, pres. of the Central Park Civic Association, is calling for Cooper to get banned for life from Central Park.
“The Central Park Civic Association condemns this behavior & is calling on Mayor [Bill] de Blasio to impose a lifetime ban on this lady,” Michael Fischer, pres. of the Central Park Civic Association, said#AmyCooper #AmyCooperIsARacist #CentralParkKarenhttps://t.co/2xiF3VOFt7
— PROGRESSIVES 4 (@Democratic_Rep) May 26, 2020