Amy Cooper, the woman who dialed 911 on a man watching birds in Central Park, has filed a lawsuit over the shooting.
Amy Cooper, a white woman who made headlines last year after falsely reporting a Black bird watcher as threatening her in Central Park, is suing her former employer, claiming they fired her because of the incident.
Cooper claimed in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday that investment firm Franklin Templeton labeled her as a “racist” without conducting an investigation into the incident.
According to the lawsuit, the Central Park dispute became “international news as a racial flashpoint” as a result of media attention, and she claimed she was wrongly portrayed as a privileged white woman. Cooper claims Franklin Templeton agreed with that narrative without realizing she had called the cops because she was “palpably distraught and afraid for her safety,” according to Bloomberg.
According to Reuters, Cooper claims that being fired from Franklin Templeton “caused her such severe emotional distress that she was suicidal,” and she is now seeking unspecified damages from the firm.
Franklin Templeton said in a statement to Washington Newsday on Wednesday that the company stands by its decision to fire Cooper.
“We believe the facts of the situation speak for themselves, and the Company acted appropriately. “We will defend ourselves against these unfounded allegations,” a representative said.
Cooper made headlines in May 2020 after a viral video showed her calling the cops on Christian Cooper, who is not related to her, and telling officers that a “African American man” was threatening her.
Cooper dialed the number after Christian Cooper requested that she leash her dog. Christian Cooper started filming the exchange after attempting to give Cooper’s dog a treat and being told “don’t touch my dog” and threatened to call the cops.
Cooper said in the video, which has been viewed over 45 million times, “I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.” The incident was widely viewed as racially motivated, and Cooper was fired the next day by Franklin Templeton.
Cooper was charged with filing a false police report by Manhattan prosecutors in July, but the charge was dropped after she completed a therapy program that included lessons on not using racial bias.
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