Amy Cooper Bio, Wiki
Amy Cooper has been the white woman calling the police on a black man who was bird watching in the Ramble at New York’s Central Park after he asked her to leash her dog has gone viral online and is sparking outrage. The video posted to Facebook on Monday, May 25th, by Christian Cooper, shows the woman telling him she is going to call the cops and claim that he was threatening and trying to attack her and her dog. The video does not show Cooper threatening the woman and does show him telling her to stay away from him and to call the police if she wants to.
Amy Cooper was first identified by two people who walked her dog on the Upper West Side of New York City. Kyle Stover tweeted Monday evening, “So imagine my surprise when I open an article about a woman being racist in Central Park while walking her dog off leash and I realize I used to walk her dog regularly. Oh boy.”
Plot twist, there will be a lot of ‘Coopers’ in the post, the woman is an Amy Cooper, the man she called cops on is a Christina Cooper and his sister who also shared the video is a Melody Cooper.
Amy Cooper Education
She a native of Canada, according to her Instagram profile. She studied at the University of Waterloo in Ontario from 1998 to 2003, graduating with a degree in actuarial science. She also completed her master’s in business administration in analytical finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2009. Before working at Franklin Templeton, Amy Cooper worked at Citi, Lehman Brothers, and Willis Towers Watson.
Amy Cooper Work
It would now appear Cooper has since deleted her social media profiles that identify her and the place where she works. A screengrab from one of Twitter users on her since-deleted Linkedln shows that she is the Head of Insurance Solutions at Franklin. She has worked there since 2015 and has also been a fixed income portfolio manager.
According to her profile, “Amy M. Cooper leads the insurance portfolio management and strategy business at Franklin Templeton. She has dedicated her career to delivering and executing investment solutions for insurance and pension companies globally. … She is a recognized industry leader in insurance accounting and regulatory issues, asset liability management and strategic asset allocation. She has worked in a variety of insurance focused roles.”
Hehehe Amy Cooper . pic.twitter.com/nFVXTl0id1
— A Black Socialist 🌹🏴☠️ (@Abelbc85) May 25, 2020
Franklin Templeton Fired Amy Cooper after the Outrage
The company she works for, Franklin Templeton in response to the incidence involving their employee on May 25th issued the following statement;
“We take these matters very seriously, and we do not condone racism of any kind. While we are in the process of investigating the situation, the employee involved has been put on administrative leave.”
In response to an incident involving an employee on May 25th, Franklin Templeton issued the following statement. pic.twitter.com/8f2lMwK0r5
— Franklin Templeton (@FTI_US) May 26, 2020
Franklin Templeton later announced Cooper’s been fired from her job. The company said, “Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park [Monday], we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately.” The investment firm doubled down … “We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton.”
Amy Cooper Video
On Monday, a video went viral of a woman apparently identified as Amy Cooper interacting with a Black man over the Memorial Day weekend while in New York’s Central Park. The man asked Cooper, who was exercising, to place her dog in a leash and a verbal confrontation soon ensued. She refused and he began to film the encounter.
Christian Cooper wrote in his Facebook post, “Central Park this morning: This woman’s dog is tearing through the plantings in the Ramble.” He included the conversation he said he had with her before the video began:
ME: Ma’am, dogs in the Ramble have to be on the leash at all times. The sign is right there.
HER: The dog runs are closed. He needs his exercise.
ME: All you have to do is take him to the other side of the drive, outside the Ramble, and you can let him run off leash all you want.
HER: It’s too dangerous.
ME: Look, if you’re going to do what you want, I’m going to do what I want, but you’re not going to like it.
HER: What’s that?
ME (to the dog): Come here, puppy!
HER: He won’t come to you.
ME: We’ll see about that…
The video was shared by the man’s sister, Melody Copper on Twitter as per the post below. She wrote in the caption, “Oh when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous ramble 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.”
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. pic.twitter.com/3YnzuATsDm
— Melody Cooper (@melodyMcooper) May 25, 2020
The 1-minute video shows the bird watcher, Cooper, standing away from her as she puts her leash on her dog. She then picks the dog up by the dog’s collar and begins walking toward Cooper, who tells her, “please don’t come close to me,” as she tells him to stop recording. “Sir, I’m asking you to stop recording me,” the woman says, before extending her arm and dragging her dog along as she moves closer to Cooper. “Please take your phone off,” the woman says, as Cooper again tells her not to come closer.
Amy then pulls out her phone and says, “then I’m taking a picture and calling the cops.” Cooper tells her, “please call the cops,” and she responds, “I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.” Cooper responds, “please tell them anything you’d like.”
Amy then backs up and lowers her face mask as she calls 911. “I’m in the Ramble and there’s an African American man in a bicycle helmet. He’s recording me and threatening me and my dog,” she can be heard saying. As she is speaking to the dispatcher, her dog starts pulling at the leash and trying to get free, appearing to struggle to breathe as the woman focuses on the call. She repeats, “There’s an African American man. I’m in Central Park, he is recording me and threatening myself and my dog.” Her dog then tumbles to the ground and yelps before panting heavily.
She wraps up the 911 call by yelling, “I’m being threatened by a man in the Ramble. Please send cops immediately. I’m in Central Park in the Ramble, I don’t know.” The video ends with Cooper saying to Amy, “thank you.”
Officers responded to the call but both were gone
According to TMZ, which dubbed the woman, “Central Park Karen,” NYPD sources said officers did respond to Central Park about 8 a.m. Monday in connection to the call, but both the woman and Cooper were gone when they arrived. The police sources told TMZ the officers were dispatched to a “possible assault.” No one was arrested and no tickets or warnings were issued because no one was there, TMZ reports.
ABC 7 New York’s Morena Basteiro tweeted a statement from the NYPD, “Call came in for a dispute, inside of the Central Park’s Ramble, around 8 a.m. this morning. Officers arrived and neither party was on scene. Thus, no report was filed and no arrests were made. No one has come forward to police since.”
@NYPDnews: Call came in for a dispute, inside of the Central Park's Ramble, around 8am this morning. Officers arrived and neither party was on scene. Thus, no report was filed and no arrests were made. No one has come forward to police since. @ABC7NY https://t.co/HAaY7qgf3i
— Morena Basteiro (@morenabasteiro) May 25, 2020
Cooper confirmed on Facebook that he left Once she put the dog on the leash. “I birded my way out of the park as normal (I was done for the day and on my way out when I encountered Karen).” He added, “I’m fine… At this point, I’m getting used to this. Though the full-on racist slant was new.”
Christian Cooper is a Harvard graduate, a former Marvel Comics editor and currently works as a senior biomedical editor at Health Science Communications.
Amy Cooper Took her Dog to a Rescue Pet after the Incident
Amy Cooper’s dog is a cocker spaniel named Henry. According to a Facebook post by Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Inc., Amy Cooper adopted the dog in March 2018 after her previous cocker spaniel, Ollie, died. The New York-based dog rescued called Cooper a “dedicated foster,” and wrote, “Of course she has been heartbroken. We congratulate Amy on her adoption of Henry and wish them a lifetime of happiness together. May his puppy love help to mend her broken heart.”
The pet rescue posted a since removed her post about the “choking incident”
The post read, “An Important Share from a previous adopter that can save your dog’s life. Henry’s(former AACSR rescue) mom Amy, was on their walk when Henry grabbed something on the street and nearly choked. Amy was lucky enough to know CPR and be able to save him. He is 100% perfect. Both oxygen and neurology checked.
All pet owners need to learn canine CPR and first aid. It is only 20-30 seconds from a Cocker Spaniel choking to death.”