Public outrage for white woman after she called 911 to report of black man who asked her to leash her dog in NY Central Park
A white woman, who was caught on video calling police on a black man allegedly threatening her and her dog in the Central Park after he asked her to leash her dog was, faced the outrage even after she apologized for her actions.
Amy Copper admitted to overreacting but she still claims that the man was screaming at her.
“I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family,” she told NBC. “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.”
“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,” she told NBC.
Now the woman says that her “entire life is being destroyed right now.”
The first reaction to her racist behavior after the video went viral was she was fired from Franklin Templeton investment company where she worked. However, she denied being a racist.
“I’m not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in any way,” she said.
New York Police Department First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker called the incident “disturbing,” but said that there will be no charges against the dog owner even after her false report.
“We’re not going to pursue that," Tucker said. "We have bigger fish to fry and the DA would never prosecute it. It’s not even clear it would be actionable.”
“It’s hard to understand why she did what she did," he continued. “The fact she invoked race is disturbing. She’s got a dog, the sign says the dog must be leashed and in effect she was the problem.”
The video was recorded the man himself, Christopher Cooper. He started filming the incident right after he asked the woman to put a leash on her dog. Later, his sister posted it on Twitter. The video has gained more than 21 million of views.
“My brother & I are so grateful for your concern,” Melody Cooper tweeted late Monday. “He is fine and left to continue birding after she leashed the dog, as he politely requested. I wanted folks to know what happened to make sure it never happens again from her. All she had to do was put her poor dog on the leash.”
The second reaction followed from two New York City dog walkers who recognized the woman and her pooch, Henry.
31-year-old Lindsey Cork and 30-year-old Kyle Stover, both used to walk the woman’s dog in the past, also backfired at Amy Cooper. For Cork the incident was especially personal as her boyfriend is black.
“She helped me realize that we kind of need to call people out on these actions and speak out about this to show that New York does not stand for this kind of action,” Stover told the Daily News Tuesday.
“We’ve seen so many videos of people being shot or killed for less, and that’s terrifying, and like (Amy Cooper) either doesn’t understand the weight of her actions or words or she does, both of which are terrible,” he said.
“This is not to be taken lightly,” Cork, who is white, told The News.