Woman placed on leave from work after viral Central Park video

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"When I think about the police, I'm such a blessed person". "When you're alone in the Ramble, you don't know what's happening".

The woman, identified as Amy Cooper, later apologised, saying she had "overreacted".

"It's not excusable, it's not defensible", she added.

The woman has been temporarily stood down from her job with her employer, investment management firm Franklin Templeton.

According to Newsweek, Amy Cooper issued an apology last night. Christian told Amy that dogs need to be on a leash, per the signs in the area, and that's when Amy reportedly became unhinged.

"There's an African-American, he's recording me and threatening me and my dog", she claimed after requesting them to stop filming her. The situation quickly escalates when he refuses, with the woman vowing to call the police and "tell them there's an African American man threatening my life". Some deemed her the quintessential "Karen" - the type of middle-aged suburbanite woman who regularly demands to speak to the manager - while others shredded her for "racism", arguing her fraudulent call to the police put Cooper's life in danger.

"There is an African-American man". She was filmed making an hysterical call to police after bird-watcher Christian Cooper, 57, saw her in the Ramble area of New York's Central Park and said her dog had to be on a leash in that area due to wildlife protection. The video doesn't show the man threatening the woman.


When the woman refused Mr Cooper offered the dog a treat and began to film with his phone. "Please send the cops immediately!"

"We live in an age of Ahmaud Arbery, where black men are gunned down because of assumptions people make about black men, black people, and I'm just not going to participate in that", Mr Cooper said.

Christian Cooper told CNN he had recorded the exchange "because I thought it was important to document things".

Many simply took pity on the woman's "poor dog", however, which she roughly jerked around by the collar throughout the controversial video, prompting one critic to observe: "When you are too invested in bigotry that you willingly choke your own dog".

When officers arrived, neither party was present, therefore no arrests or citations were made.

Central Park this morning: This woman's dog is tearing through the plantings in the Ramble.ME: Ma'am, dogs in the...

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