As these things usually go…karma has caught up with a racist.
Amy Cooper was terminated “effective immediately” on Tuesday from her job at investment firm Franklin Templeton, following a storm of criticism over a video posted online that showed Cooper calling the police on a black man who asked her to keep her dog leashed in Central Park.
“We have made the decision to terminate the employee involved,” Franklin Templeton wrote on its official Twitter account, adding, “We do not tolerate racism of any kind.”
Christian Cooper, who is African American, spotted Amy Cooper (the two are unrelated) Monday in a part of Central Park called the Ramble.
Christian Cooper was birdwatching, and asked Amy Cooper to leash her dog, which is also a Central Park rule.
The two began to argue, and Christian Cooper filmed part of the dispute using his smartphone; the video shows Amy Cooper asking him to stop, and then she takes out her phone to dial 911: “I’m calling the cops. I’m going to tell them there’s an African-American man threatening my life.”
Christian Cooper posted the video of their encounter on Facebook and it quickly went viral, following a string of widely publicized incidents in which whites have called the police on blacks engaged in everyday activities, while #AmyCooper and #CentralParkKaren became Twitter trending topics for much of Tuesday.
In addition to criticism of racism, Amy also received criticism of animal cruelty because she appeared to be choking her dog for nearly a minute after she grabbed it by the collar.
Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue says Amy adopted the dog a few years ago and has “voluntarily surrendered” the dog while the incident is being addressed.
“The dog is now in our rescue’s care and he is safe and in good health,” the rescue said.