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The white woman who called the cops on a black man for asking her to follow park instruction is an insurance executive.

Amy Cooper, according to her Linkedin profile is head of Insurance Investment Solutions at Franklin Templeton, a multinational global investment company in New York.

The company later announced on twitter that Amy Cooper has now been placed on administrative leave while investigation is conducted.

Franklin Templeton responds to Amy Cooper’s behavior

At a park in New York where there is a clear instruction for dog walkers to have their dogs on leash, Amy Cooper was seen violating this instruction, another park user, a bird watcher who happens to be a black man called her attention to this, the woman responded by calling the police to report “an African-American man threatening her life”


Ms Cooper was later identified after a screenshot of her Linkedin account was shared on Twitter, showing her as the head of insurance investment solutions at investment company Franklin Templeton.

picture of Christian Cooper

The man in the video, keen birdwatcher Christian Cooper, said he asked Ms Cooper to put the dog on a leash. He said that, when she refused, he offered the dog a treat.

The footage shows Ms Cooper saying: “I’m going to tell them [the police] there is an African-American man threatening my life.” She is then seen dialling 911.

Mr Cooper told NBC: “The only way they can keep the dog from eating the treat is to put it on a leash. At some point, she decided ‘I’m gonna play the race card’, I guess.”


Mr Cooper, the victim, not to be confused with the perpetrator although with same last name is an accomplished professional with an impressive CV.

Mr Cooper’s short profile according to a twitter use Chris Evans

Ms Cooper said she had felt threatened because she did not know what was in the dog treat.

But she has since apologised for the incident.

In a phone interview with NBC New York, she said: “I sincerely and humbly apologise to everyone, especially to that man, his family.

“It was unacceptable and I humbly and fully apologise to everyone who’s seen that video, everyone that’s been offended… everyone who thinks of me in a lower light and I understand why they do.”

Social media users also criticised Ms Cooper for apparently dragging the dog by its neck harness.

Ms Cooper is said to have returned her adopted dog to a local animal shelter on Monday.

“As of this evening, the owner has voluntarily surrendered the dog in question to our rescue while this matter is being addressed,” Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue said in a statement.

“The dog is now in our rescue’s care and he is safe and in good health.”

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