Woman in Central Park Dog Dispute Fired

Dispute over dog in Central Park sparks racism accusations.

Amy Cooper, the white woman who was seen in a video of a verbal dispute with black man over an unleashed dog has been fired by her employer, asset management firm Franklin Templeton. The viral video of her walking her dog off a leash and a black man bird watching in Central Park is sparking accusations of racism. The cell phone recording by birdwatcher Christian Cooper shows Amy Cooper calling police to frantically report she was being threatened by “an African-American man.” The confrontation happened early Monday morning when Christian Cooper said he noticed Amy Cooper had let her dog off its leash against the rules in the Ramble, a secluded section of Central Park popular with birdwatchers. The widely watched video posted on social media resulted in an announcement by Amy Cooper’s employer that she was suspended from her job despite her public plea Tuesday for forgiveness.