Amy Cooper Fired by Franklin Templeton After Calling Police With Fake Accusation Against Black Man
Amy Cooper was fired today by the investment firm Franklin Templeton 24 hours after she was filmed calling the police and falsely claiming a black man, Christian Cooper, had threatened her life on May 25.
Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately. We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton.— Franklin Templeton (@FTI_US) May 26, 2020
Amy — who was head of insurance portfolio management at Franklin Templeton — was filmed in New York City’s Central park by Christian Cooper because she did not have her dog on a leash. Amy then pulled out her phone, called 911 and falsely claimed Christian was threatening her life and her dog’s life.
Later in the day, she surrendered her dog Henry to Abandoned Angels, a cocker spaniel rescue group that she had adopted him from in 2018, according to a Facebook post.
Amy apologized this morning to CNN, after she was suspended from her job, but it was too little too late as social media outrage grew intense.
Christian told the New York Times he was overwhelmed by the response to his video of the incident:
It’s a little bit of a frenzy, and I am uncomfortable with that. If our goal is to change the underlying factors, I am not sure that this young woman having her life completely torn apart serves that goal.