White Woman Who Called Police On Black Bird-Watcher Allegedly Made A Second 911 Call

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Video of Amy Cooper calling the police on a Black man went viral on social media this summer. The man says he asked Cooper to put her dog on a leash in New York’s Central Park.

Christian Cooper via Facebook/Screenshot by NPR

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Christian Cooper via Facebook/Screenshot by NPR

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The incident took place on Memorial Day, the same day that George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police.

Her behavior as she called law enforcement for help has been widely criticized as racist and an example of a white person calling the police to report Black people for doing seemingly mundane activities.

Christian Cooper, who is Black and is not related to the woman, got into a verbal altercation with her in a wooded area of Central Park called the Ramble, which requires that dogs be leashed at all times.

Christian Cooper repeatedly asked the woman to leash her dog, which she initially refused to do, based on the video he shot.

White Woman Who Called Police On Black Bird-Watcher In Central Park Has Been Fired

At one point, Christian Cooper says to her, «Please don’t come close to me.»

Amy Cooper asks him to stop recording. When he refuses to do so, she tells him that she’ll call the police on him.

«Please call the cops,» Christian Cooper says to her.

She obliges.

And she repeatedly tells the dispatcher to send help.

After the incident became national news, she told CNN in a statement, «I’m not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in any way.» She also said she didn’t intend to hurt the African American community.

She was swiftly fired from her job at an investment management firm. «We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton,» the company said in a tweet.

Christian Cooper told NPR in May that her actions were «pretty crappy without a doubt,» but he said he wasn’t sure the response to her actions was proportionate.

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