‘There's an African-American Man Threatening My Life’: Karen Calls Police on Black Man for Asking Her to Leash Her Dog [Updated]

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A white woman took Karen-ing to a whole new level when she called the police on a black man in New York City’s Central Park after he asked her to follow the rules and put a leash on her dog.

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A video recorded by birdwatching enthusiast Christian Cooper has gone viral, showing part of his confrontation with Amy Cooper (no relation—although it wouldn’t be surprising if she called the police to report her last name stolen by a black man), who refused to put her dog on a leash in an area in Central Park where he said leashes are required.

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Christian told NBC New York that he only confronted Amy because “If the habitat is destroyed we won’t be able to go there to see the birds, to enjoy the plantings.” Christian started recording his exchange with Leashless Lizzy after he offered her dog a treat, which he said he did because “the only way they can keep the dog from eating the treat is to put it on a leash.”

What Noncompliant Nancy said next isn’t shocking but it is proof that a lot of white people know exactly what they’re doing in weaponizing the police against black people they consider a nuisance. In the video, Racist Rebecca can be heard threatening to call the police on Christian and tell them “there’s an African-American man threatening my life.”

Listen: We see white privilege and entitlement on full display all the time, but it takes a special brand of caucasity to call the police on someone for asking you to stop breaking the law. But, sure enough, Amy made good on her threat and can be heard on the phone with 911 dispatch saying, “There is an African-American man. I am in Central Park. He is recording me and threatening myself and my dog.”

Christian didn’t try to interfere with her call but he kept recording.

“I’m not going to participate in my own dehumanization. I’m not going to feed into this,” he said to NBC New York. “We live in an age of Ahmaud Arbery where black men are gunned down because of assumptions people make about black men, black people, and I’m just not going to participate in that.” Christian had already left by the time the police arrived.

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While Amy was on the phone repeatedly asserting that a black man was threatening her, she can be seen lifting her dog up and dragging it by its collar. Eventually, she finally put it on a leash—after which Christian told her “thank you” and stopped recording.

After the video made the rounds on social media and Amy received massive amounts of criticism for being racist as well as abusive towards her pet, she was put on administrative leave by her employer, investment management company Franklin Templeton.

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Additionally, Amy “voluntarily surrendered” her dog that she adopted a few years back, according to Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue. The organization said while the incident between Dogless Daria and Christian is being addressed, the dog will remain “in our rescue’s care,” adding that “he is safe and in good health,” NBC reports.

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Amy eventually apologized.

“I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family,” she told NBC over the phone. “It was unacceptable and I humbly and fully apologize 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.”

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“When I think about the police, I’m such a blessed person,” No-shit Nichole continued. “I’ve come to realize, especially today, that I think of [the police] as a protection agency, and unfortunately, this has caused me to realize that there are so many people in this country that don’t have that luxury.”

Watch the full video below:

Updated 5/26/20, 2:50 p.m. ET: Franklin Templeton announced via Twitter on Tuesday that Amy Cooper has been terminated from her position at the company. “We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton,” the tweet read.

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Zack Linly is a poet, performer, freelance writer, blogger and grown man lover of cartoons

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Why are reporters not specifically lambasting these types for THEATRICALLY making their voices hysterical as the dispatcher asks them questions?! That point is almost more significant than calling the police.

Because the second thing dispatchers are trained to do is tell you to get yourself somewhere safe & wait for police! So because the dispt is remaining calm and continues asking questions, callers think they’re not simultaneously dispatching a car...so callers get angry and ratchet uo their next words deliberately trying to elicit what they hope will be a faster, more urgent, more visceral police response!

It’s so rage-inducing because it seems like such a rehearsed response but you know that she’s likely NEVER had an interaction with a Black person menacing her, let alone one where she got slow or no assistance.

It just makes my blood boil for how many men have been harmed by this kind of shit throughout history!

And that fact that people who are threatening someone usually don’t wait around while you call the police...and they certainly don’t film you making the call...and if you are so hysterically terrified, why are you standing around this person?!

Then we get to see her work herself into such a tizzy that she chokeholds the dog...that you know she bragged about ‘rescuing’ to everyone she knew while declaring that she loves animals more than humans!!

Ugh, I hope her life is ruined for the foreseeable future. Rant over.