Amy Cooper let her dog run loose this morning in the Ramble in New York City’s Central Park. Christian Cooper, a black man who is an avid bird watcher suggested that she comply with the signs in the area and put her dog on a leash. She felt the need to call the cops on him after this confrontation. It was documented on video and the internet is disgusted by her actions, labeling her “Central Park Karen.”
Christian’s sister Melody first posted the incident on Twitter. She said that Christian asked politely for the woman to put her dog on a leash. There are many signs in the area that say dogs must be leashed at all times.
Amy Cooper Claimed A Black Man Was “Threatening” Her Life
“There is an African American man threatening my life,” Amy says in the video that was taken by Christian. She called the police after he spoke to her about leashing her dog. At one point she comes closer to Christian and he tells her not to get close. “He is recording me and threatening me and my dog” she frantically tells the police on the phone. All the while the altercation is going on, the woman is practically choking her dog which is struggling to get free from her grasp. You can hear it gasping for air as she holds it by the collar. Thus, proving that she was letting her dog roam free in the park.
“Please send the cops immediately” Amy screams into the phone. At no point in the video did Christian threaten her life or say anything other than the fact that her dog should be on a lease. Finally, she puts her dog on a leash amidst her self-induced panic and he says “thank you” and walks away.
Twitter Started #CentralParkKaren To Call Attention To This Discriminatory Incident
This entire incident caught on video is a clear depiction of racism in America. The fact that Amy is white and Christian is black is telling to all of the racial violence and police brutality that goes on in this country. It is incidents like these that lead to people being falsely accused due to white entitlement. There was absolutely no reason for Amy to call the police just because she was asked to simply leash her dog. For bird watchers, they want to ensure the protection of ground-dwelling birds so that they do not get injured by dogs. One Twitter user said “#AmyCooper is a prime example of the entitlement and pervasive racism that still exists in our society. She could have gotten Mr. Cooper killed. She belongs in jail and the Karen Hall of Shame.”
Another Twitter user said “Racism. Threat of police violence from false claim. Animal abuse. In an instant, this could’ve ended horrifically had this man not filmed the incident. All bc he asked her to leash her dog which is the LAW. This #CentralParkKaren gets no sympathy.”
Christian Related This Incident To A Recent Case Of Police Brutality Against A Black Man
After a vast majority of people on Twitter agreed that Amy or Karen as people are now calling her was absolutely in the wrong, Melody spoke out about her brother. “My brother & I are so grateful for your concern! He is fine and left to continue birding after she leashed the dog, as he politely requested,” she said in a tweet. “I wanted folks to know what happened to make sure it never happens again from her. All she had to do was put her poor dog on the leash” she added. When someone replied to her tweet asking if the police came, she said that Christian left once Amy finally put her dog on the leash.
Christian took a video of the situation to expose Amy for the over-exaggerated twisted way she was acting. In an interview with NBC 4, he said “Unfortunately we live in an era with things like Ahmaud Arbery, where black men are seen as targets. This woman thought she could exploit that to her advantage, and I wasn’t having it.”
Central Park Karen Faced The Consequences For Her Actions
The aftermath of this racialized incident was not a good one for Amy. She put out an apology that many people are calling forced “I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family,” she said in an interview with NBC 4. The Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue then announced that they would be taking her dog away. The dog will now be in their care and is safe after she essentially choked it during her confrontation with Christian. It was yet another thing that people had an issue about because they felt like it was an act of animal cruelty.
Her employer Franklin Templeton also announced it would be putting her on administrative leave. But, people did not think this punishment was enough. “Administrative leave here meaning ‘until this blows over.’ There’s a video of her explicitly telling the cops an African American man is threatening her life while he’s just standing there. What exactly are you waiting to see? She basically tried to call a hit on the guy” said one Twitter user. Franklin Templeton then decided to fire her from the job completely after an “internal review.” The company maintains that they “do not tolerate racism of any kind.”
The actions of Amy Cooper are completely abhorrent in the face of a black man who did absolutely nothing but tell her to follow the law. Her hysterical 911 call was a true act of racist and demoralizing behavior. People on Twitter certainly feel like she truly deserves the title of “Central Park Karen.”