Amy Cooper, aka the “Central Park Karen,” tells CNN that her life is being “destroyed” after her seemingly racist rant to the police about Christian Cooper, an African-American bird watcher who asked her to leash her dog at the park on Monday.
Christian Cooper recorded Amy’s frantic 9-1-1 call and the video has since blown up in the media. In the video, Amy Cooper apparently has come unglued by Cooper’s request to leash her Cocker spaniel. She tells the dispatcher that she is scared for her life and for her dog’s life. Amy Cooper has explained that Christian Cooper offered her dog a treat and she didn’t know what was in it.
She tells the news agency that she is sorry, and states that she was scared. She explained:
“When you’re alone in the Ramble, you don’t know what’s happening. It’s not excusable, it’s not defensible.”
Amy Cooper has apologized for her over-reaction. Though the police did not cite her for anything, she is facing severe repercussions, including being put on leave from her position as an insurance investment executive at Franklin Templeton, losing her dog (who she surrendered to Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue), as well as the severe backlash from social media.
Amy Cooper is facing criticism for not only her over-the-top reaction to Christian Cooper, but for her treatment of her dog during the 9-1-1 call. The video shows her pulling her dog up off the ground with the leash and dragging him as he struggles to break free. The rescue group that has taken the dog in has stated that the dog is in good condition.
As for the man who asked Amy Cooper to leash her dog – he has stated that he will accept her apology, telling the news agency:
“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.”
(Screenshot via CNN)
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