Amy Cooper has received a great deal of backlash after a video of her falsely accusing a Christian Cooper (no relation), a black man, of threatening her life. Christian Cooper had an encounter with Amy, who didn’t have her dog on a leash-violating park rules. Christian started to record the incident. Amy, not wanting to be recorded, started pointing her finger at him and charging towards him-asking him to put the phone away. Christian stayed silent and continued to record her.
Amy threatened to take a picture and to tell the police that “there’s an African-American man threatening my life”. She then proceeds to call the cops and again falsely claims that a black man is threatening her and her dog. During the call, she suddenly had a “distraught” voice as if she was genuinely terrified for her life-despite the video showing a completely different picture. “I’m being threatened by a man in the Ramble. Please send the cops immediately!” she shrieked.
The video went viral and Amy Cooper experienced backlash. Her employer fired her from her job. Her dog has been surrendered to the shelter that he was adopted from while the dispute is being addressed.
In an interview Amy apologizes, stating: “It was unacceptable. You know and words are just words and I can’t undo what I did, but I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone.” Christian says he would accept her apology if it was “genuine”.