Black victim of white woman banker in Central Park who called cops on him when he asked her to put lead on her dog says he is upset she has been sacked and getting death threats

The black man targeted by a white woman who hysterically called the cops on him after he simply asked her to put a leash on her dog in Central Park, says he can't see how her firing 'addresses the underlying racial issues'.
Amy Cooper, 41, was terminated from her job as head of insurance investment solutions at Franklin Templeton on Tuesday, having been placed on administrative leave a day earlier. But Christian Cooper, who filmed her telling cops there's 'an African American man threatening my life', said it doesn't solve a wider issue of what's going on in New York and the United States as a whole.
'I’m not sure how I feel about that,' Christian told the New York Daily News on Tuesday. 'I can’t see how that addresses the underlying issues. I think it’s important to move beyond this instance and this one individual. 
'Too much focus has been put on her when it really is about the underlying issues that have plagued this city and this country for centuries. Racial issues.' 
New York State Lawmakers Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and Senator Brian Benjamin introduced new legislation Tuesday that would make falsely reporting an incident as a hate crime illegal, should it pass.
While the NYPD say they’ll not be pursuing charges against Cooper, the New York City Commission on Human Rights has announced that it’s launching its own investigation into the matter, calling the incident 'unacceptable'.
Christian Cooper (left) said Tuesday about Amy Cooper (right): 'Where she went was a racist place. That action was racist'
But he added: 'Does that make her a racist? I can’t answer that'
Christian Cooper (left) said Tuesday about Amy Cooper (right): 'Where she went was a racist place. That action was racist. Does that make her a racist? I can’t answer that'
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Amy was earning up to an estimated $170,000 per-year until the company came to the decision following an internal investigation into footage of her hysterically dialing 911 on former Marvel Comics editor, 57, on Monday.
'Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately,' the company said in a tweeted statement. 'We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton.'
But Amy insisted she isn't racist and was just scared.  

Christian felt he couldn't judge whether she truly is racist but suggested the action she took on Monday was a sure sign of using her white privilege and possibly racism.
'Where she went was a racist place. That action was racist. Does that make her a racist? I can’t answer that. Only she can with what she does going forward,' Christina continued to NYDN.
'Maybe she was trying to gain an advantage. She went there, and she needs to reflect on what she did.'
Amy Cooper called the cops and told them an African-American man was threatening her life after he simply asked her to put her dog on a leash in Central Park on Monday
Christian said: 'I don’t think she was thinking in that moment'
Amy Cooper, 41, was dubbed 'Central Park Karen' after she he called the cops and told them an 'African-American man is threatening my life' after he simply asked her to put her dog on a leash on Monday. Christian said: 'I don’t think she was thinking in that moment'
At the end of the confrontation, Amy attached her dog to a leash and both of them left the scene. But social media users were outraged at what could have happened if police had shown up while they were still there, noting the many cases of police brutality against African Americans.
People compared the incident to the death of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy killed in 1955 after white Carolyn Donham accused him of assaulting her, as well as the Central Park Five. 
The teenagers dubbed the Central Park Five were wrongly accused of raping a white woman in the New York City park. They were convicted in 1990 and each served sentences from five years to 15 years before they were exonerated.
Christian said: 'I don’t think she was thinking in that moment.'
He also said threats from angry social media users were not helping the fight to change the criminal justice system. 
'I’m very upset she’s getting death threats. That’s antithetical to the appropriate response,' Christian said.
'If you’re upset that she put my life in danger by trying to bring the cops down on a black man, then how can you turn around and make a death threat? That makes no sense. It’s downright awful.' 
Amy Cooper was terminated from her job as head of insurance investment solutions at Franklin Templeton on Tuesday, having been placed on administrative leave a day earlier
Amy Cooper was terminated from her job as head of insurance investment solutions at Franklin Templeton on Tuesday, having been placed on administrative leave a day earlier
Christian said he's not sure how he feels about Franklin Templeton firing Amy Cooper. He explained: 'I can’t see how that addresses the underlying issues. I think it’s important to move beyond this instance and this one individual'
Christian said he's not sure how he feels about Franklin Templeton firing Amy Cooper. He explained: 'I can’t see how that addresses the underlying issues. I think it’s important to move beyond this instance and this one individual'
Christian Cooper added : 'Too much focus has been put on her when it really is about the underlying issues that have plagued this city and this country for centuries. Racial issues'
Christian added: 'I’m very upset she’s getting death threats. That’s antithetical to the appropriate response'
Christian Cooper added: 'Too much focus has been put on her when it really is about the underlying issues that have plagued this city and this country for centuries. Racial issues.' Christian added: 'I’m very upset she’s getting death threats. That’s antithetical to the appropriate response'
Hours earlier, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had blasted the Canadian-native as a racist in response to coverage of the incident, which took place in the wooded area of the park known as The Ramble.  
Before her termination was announced, Amy told CNN she wanted to ‘publicly apologize to everyone’, and insisted she isn’t a racist and didn’t intend to inflict any harm on the African-American community.
‘I'm not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in any way,’ she told the network. ‘I think I was just scared. When you're alone in the Ramble, you don't know what's happening. It's not excusable, it's not defensible.’
Cooper says that now the video has sparked widespread outrage online, her 'entire life is being destroyed right now'. 
The incident has since been cited as yet another example of white people calling the police on African-Americans for unnecessary reasons, in acts many interpret to be fueled by racial prejudice.
‘I videotaped it because I thought it was important to document things,’ Cooper, a Harvard graduate, later explained 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,’ he continued. ‘I'm not going to participate in my own dehumanization.'
When asked if he would accept Cooper’s apology, Christian, a senior biomedical editor at Health Science Communications, said ‘if it's genuine and if she plans on keeping her dog on a leash in the Ramble going forward, then we have no issues with each other.’  
Cooper has since conceded to CNN that she knew walking her dog unleashed in The Ramble was against the rules. 
The woman is seen petting her pooch then suddenly asks the man to stop filming
But when he doesn't stop she marches directly up to him with a stern message
The woman is seen petting her pooch then suddenly asks the man to stop filming but when he doesn't stop she marches directly up to him with a stern message

'He was running in an open field. This man, he was bird-watching. He came out of the bush,' Cooper said of Christian, claiming he was 'screaming' at her.
Christian, meanwhile, says the dog was 'tearing through the plantings', and he was not screaming at the dog walker, he 'was actually pretty calm,' the wildlife preservation advocate said. 
Footage of the heated exchange was first shared by Christian and his sister, Melody Cooper, a writer and director on HBO's Two-Sentence Horror Stories.
It begins with Amy Cooper, stroking her rescue pet Henry then marching toward the camera, demanding: 'Please stop, sir I'm asking you to stop.' 
Christian, a Harvard graduate who served as the president of the school's Ornithological Club in the 1980s, claimed in a Facebook post that he alerted Cooper to signs that state dogs cannot be walked in The Ramble without a leash as it's an area that protects wildlife. 
Christian claimed she replied that the dog runs are closed and her pet 'needs his exercise'.
Christian explained in a Facebook post that he replied: '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.'
She replied: 'It's too dangerous.' 
'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,' Christian responded.
Cooper later told CNN that she 'didn't know' what Christian meant by that, adding 'when you're alone in a wooded area, that's absolutely terrifying, right?'
Christian then beckoned the pooch toward him and pulled out 'dog treats I carry for such intransigence'. 
But he stated he didn't get a chance to toss any treats 'before Karen scrambled to grab the dog' and yelled: 'DON'T YOU TOUCH MY DOG!' 
'That's when I started video recording with my iPhone, and when her inner Karen fully emerged and took a dark turn...' he wrote on Facebook Monday.
In the clip he responds: 'Please don't come close to me' several times as the woman asks him to stop filming then tells him she's calling the cops.
When Christian invites her to 'please call the cops', she responds, 'I'm going to tell them there's an African-American man threatening my life.'
Christian responds to the dog owner: 'Please tell them whatever you like.'
She is then heard saying: 'I'm in The Ramble and an African-American man with a bicycle helmet, he is recording me and threatening my dog.' 
She pauses for a moment then continues: 'I'm am in Central Park, there is an African-American man. He is recording me and threatening my dog.'
There is another pause as the woman listens to the other end of the phone line then she suddenly sounds hysterical.
'I'm sorry I can't hear,' she cries. 'I'm being threatened by a man in The Ramble, please send the cops immediately…'
'I'm going to tell them there's an African American man threatening my life,' she says as she gets closer to the man she apparently fears
The man tells her to say whatever she wants
'I'm going to tell them there's an African American man threatening my life,' she says as she gets closer to the man she apparently fears. The man tells her to say whatever she wants
The woman repeats to cops that an African American man is recording her dog but after a brief pause she becomes hysterical and claims he's threatening her and her dog
The woman repeats to cops that an African American man is recording her dog but after a brief pause she becomes hysterical and claims he's threatening her and her dog
The man says thank you and stops filming as soon as she attaches her dog to a leash
The man says thank you and stops filming as soon as she attaches her dog to a leash
Christian wrote on Facebook that he offered the dog treats then things 'took a dark turn'
Christian wrote on Facebook that he offered the dog treats then things 'took a dark turn'
After a brief pause she responds to the operator: 'I'm in Central Park in the Ramble, I don't know.'
In the Ramble Central Park, New York City, dogs must be restrained at all times a sign states
In the Ramble Central Park, New York City, dogs must be restrained at all times a sign states
At that point the woman clips the dog onto a leash and Christian responds: 'Thank you' and stops filming. 
His sister Melody Cooper responded to a Twitter user that as soon as the woman leashed the dog, he said thank you, stopped filming and 'went about his business'. 'This kind of entitlement dog walking happens weekly in The Ramble,' she added.  
Christian later explained to NBC: 'If the habitat is destroyed we won’t be able to go there to see the birds, to enjoy the plantings.
'The only way they can keep the dog from eating the treat is to put it on a leash. At some point, she decided I’m gonna play the race card, I guess.'
Christian says he continued to film the woman because he wasn't going to be intimated. Police said they responded to the call but both Christian and Cooper were no longer there. 
They said a call came in for a dispute, inside of Central Park’s Ramble, around 8am but no report was filed and no arrests were made. Sergeant Mary Frances O’Donnell said no one has come forward to police since.
Melody Cooper explained that her sibling 'started filming her because she refused to put her dog on a leash and he sensed she was going to go full on Karen. And she did.'  
Christian Cooper went on to work at Marvel Comics from 1990 to 1999 as an associate editor, according to his LinkedIn profile. He's credited as working on the series 'Blade: The Vampire Hunter', 'The Punisher', and for creating and writing 'Darkhold: Pages from the Book of Sins' and 'Star Trek: Starfleet Academy'.  
He now works as a senior biomedical editor at Health Science Communications and sits on the board of the New York City Audubon Society, a non-profit dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitats.
His father, Francis Hedgeman Cooper, was a long-serving science teacher in Long Island and a prominent civil rights activist in New York, before his passing away in 2019. He led the organization Congress of Racial Equality on Long Island during the 1960s and remained active in the fight for equality right up until his death, aged 86.
Amy Cooper, a native of Canada, meanwhile, studied at the University of Waterloo in Ontario from 1998 to 2003, graduating with a degree in actuarial science. She then completed her master’s in business administration in analytical finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2009. 
She started working at Franklin Templeton in 2015, and has previously worked at AIG, Citi, Lehman Brothers and Willis Towers Watson. 
The rescue shelter where the woman is believed to have adopted the dog from said she returned the dog after social media users accused her of choking the dog
The rescue shelter where the woman is believed to have adopted the dog from said she returned the dog after social media users accused her of choking the dog
Adding to Cooper's woes, president of the Central Park Civic Association, Michael Fischer, is urging Mayor de Blasio to permanently ban her from the park. 
He added that his association has received a multitude of complaints from local residents who were equally as outraged by the woman's actions as he was. 
While the NYPD have said they aren't pursuing charges against Cooper, Fischer has urged the mayor's office to take action. 
The community activist says his organization has not yet reached out to any city agencies regarding the incident, but he will be doing so in the coming days. 
A Manhattan DA candidate vowed to make sure Christian would not become yet another victim of the criminal justice system that has been criticized for disfavoring poor black Americans.
'This is serious. Happened today in Manhattan. As a public defender for over a decade, I have tried cases where the Manhattan DA uses a "hysterical 911 call" as categorical evidence of guilt. Usually there's no video like this to refute it,' Eliza Orlins explained.
'What happens: White lady calls the cops on Black man. Cops believe her. He gets arrested and then arraigned. Outrageous bail gets set. His family cannot afford to buy his freedom. He gets sent to Rikers Island, where he sits for any number of days, months, or years.
'Eventually the case resolves in some way--gets dismissed or he takes a plea to the charge or a lesser offense to get out because he's threatened with doing serious time. Meanwhile, he's potentially lost his job, his home, his children. Right now, it is even worse.
'People are sitting on Rikers Island on the basis of nothing more than an accusation (like in this video!) with the added risk of contracting COVID-19. So, we can call out these “Karens," but also we need a Manhattan DA who is committed to real reform. I will be that DA.' 
Manhattan DA candidate Eliza Orlins vowed to make sure Christian would not become yet another victim of the criminal justice system that had been criticized for disfavoring poor black Americans
Manhattan DA candidate Eliza Orlins vowed to make sure Christian would not become yet another victim of the criminal justice system that had been criticized for disfavoring poor black Americans
Throughout the video the dog is seen flailing around seemingly eager to be free of Amy Cooper's restraint as she grabs the harness by the neck without attaching a leash. It led to calls from social media for the dog to be removed from her care due to concerns she was choking it.
Viewers of the video contact Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue which later said the dog had been returned.
'Thank you to the concerned public for reaching out to us about a video involving a dog that was adopted from our rescue a few years ago,' they wrote on Facebook. 'As of this evening, the owner has voluntarily surrendered the dog in question to our rescue while this matter is being addressed. 
'Our mission remains the health and safety of our rescued dogs. The dog is now in our rescue’s care and he is safe and in good health. We will not be responding to any further inquiries about the situation, either.' 
Speaking to NBC New York on Monday, Cooper said: 'I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family. '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.

'When I think about the police, I’m such a blessed person. 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.' 
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