The ‘call the cops on the people of color just because they’re around me’ nonsense has to stop, and the only way it will is if these racists are fired when they are exposed. The only language racists comprehend is the language of money.
A video of a woman in Central Park calling New York police on a black man who says he asked her to leash her dog has gone viral, and the woman has been fired from her job with Franklin Templeton.
The incident occurred Monday in the Ramble, a wooded area of Central Park where dogs are required to be on leashes.
Christian Cooper, who is black, said he was bird-watching in the area when he saw Amy Cooper, who is white, with her dog. Christian Cooper wrote on Facebook that the dog was going “through the plantings.” He approached the woman and asked that she leash the animal, he said.
In the video, Amy Cooper refused and called 911, telling the operator that “there is an African American man. I am in Central Park. He is recording me and threatening myself and my dog.” At one point, Cooper shouts to the operator, “Please send the cops immediately.”
The video has been viewed more than 20 million times on Twitter, shared by Christian Cooper’s sister Melody.
The video quickly drew reactions online and Amy Cooper has since apologized. Her employer, asset management firm Franklin Templeton, placed her on administrative leave before she was fired Tuesday.