Woman at center of viral Central Park video fired from job, employer says

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MANHATTAN — The woman at the center of the viral video that shows an apparent racial confrontation in Central Park has been fired, her employer said Tuesday.

“Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately. We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton,” the company said in a tweet.

The video, posted on Twitter Monday afternoon by Melody Cooper, shows a woman, identified in published reports as Amy Cooper,with her off-leash dog in the Ramble at Central Park. Dogs must be leashed in that area of the park.

She tells the man, identified on his Facebook page as Christian Cooper, to stop recording her and he asks her not to approach him.

The woman with her dog several feet away from the camera, allegedly calling the cops because an “African American man” was “threatening [her] life.”

She repeats the phrase a few times, seeming more distressed each time.

Following the incident, her employer Franklin Templeton said she was immediately put on administrative leave prior to her termination.

Later Monday, Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue said on Twitter said the owner voluntarily surrendered custody of the dog “while this matter is being addressed.” The dog was adopted through the rescue a few years ago.

The incident drew criticism from many online, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, who called the woman’s actions “racism, plain and simple.”

“She called the police BECAUSE he was a Black man. Even though she was the one breaking the rules. She decided he was the criminal and we know why,” de Blasio said in the tweet. “This kind of hatred has no place in our city.

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