Woman tells NYPD 'African American man' is threatening her

Cheryl Sanders
May 26, 2020

'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 man who could be heard in the video, Christian Cooper, said he asked Amy to put the dog on a leash, and when she didn't he offered the pooch a treat.

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

Some netizens took things to the next level, even reaching out to the woman's purported employer, investment firm Franklin Templeton.

According to Newsweek, Amy Cooper issued an apology last night.


"Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble in NY's Central Park, where it is clearly posted on signs that dogs MUST be leashed at all times, and someone like my brother (an avid birder) politely asks her to put her dog on the leash", Melody wrote in the caption to the video.

As the man continued recording, she said that she would be calling the police and "tell them there's an African-American man threatening my life".

Amy Cooper told CNN that her "entire life is being destroyed right now" after the video went viral on social media.

"Please tell them whatever you like", he replied.

"The only way they can keep the dog from eating the treat is to put it on a leash", he told NBC New York.


"There is an African-American man".

She was walking her dog Monday while Christian Cooper was bird watching at a wooded area of Central Park called the Ramble.

Her voice grows agitated as she speaks on the phone, saying again "I'm being threatened by a man in the Ramble".

In addition to racism claims, the woman has also been accused of animal cruelty, with the footage appearing to show her choking her dog when she grabbed it by the collar. When she does eventually call the police, she identifies the man by his race and demands that the 911 dispatcher "send the cops immediately". They say they responded to the call but neither Amy nor Christian were there when they arrived.

"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 told NBC. "This woman thought she could exploit that to her advantage, and I wasn't having it".


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