Update (May 26, 2020): Amy Cooper has been fired from her job following an internal review of her altercation with a Black man who she falsely accused of threatening her.

Her former employer, Franklin Templeton, released a statement on Tuesday saying she had been terminated "effective immediately."

"Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park [Monday], we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately," the company posted on its Twitter account. "We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton."

Original (May 26, 2020): A white woman has been placed on administrative leave from her job after falsely accusing a Black man of “threatening her life” on Memorial Day in Central Park. 

According to NBC New York, the incident occurred when a man, identified as Christian Cooper, asked a woman, Amy Cooper (no relation to the victim), to leash her dog while it was playing at the park over this weekend. After Christian asked her to put her dog on a leash, which she refused to do, he offered a treat to the woman’s dog. 

"The only way they can keep the dog from eating the treat is to put it on a leash," Christian said. "At some point, she decided I’m gonna play the race card, I guess."

In the recorded clip, the woman is heard asking him not to take video of her and the dog. But he records anyway, and she then threatened him with a false report of the account to the police. 

"I'm going to tell them there's an African American man threatening my life," she told Christian as she pulled out her phone. 


Christian encourages her to call the police. 

“There’s a man, an African American, he’s recording and threatening me and my dog,” the woman said. “There is an African American man in Central Park. He is recording me and threatening myself and my dog.”