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Amy Cooper investigated by NYC Commission on Human Rights for calling cops on black man who asked her to leash dog – The Sun

AMY Cooper is being investigated by the New York City Commission on Human Rights for calling the cops on a black man who asked to put her dog on a leash.

The commission announced that it is launching the probe on Wednesday, after the video went viral this week.

Sapna Raj, deputy commissioner of the Law Enforcement Bureau at the Commission on Human Rights, said: "At a time when the devastating impacts of racism in Black communities have been made so painfully clear — from racial disparities in COVID-19 outcomes, to harassment of essential workers on the frontlines — it is appalling to see these types of ugly threats directed at one New Yorker by another.

"Efforts to intimidate Black people by threatening to call law enforcement draw on a long, violent and painful history, and they are unacceptable.

"We encourage Ms. Cooper to cooperate with the Commission and meaningfully engage in a process to address the harm that she has caused."

Cooper, 41, hit the headlines after she was caught on camera calling the cops on Christian Cooper when he asked her to follow the rules and her dog on a leash in Central Park.

What we know about the incident so far:

– Amy Cooper has been fired from her job

– She also gave her dog back to the rescue she got it from

– She has received death threats following the video

– Christian Cooper has said he can't say if she is definitely a racist

In the beginning of the minute-long clip, Cooper attempts to get a hold of her free-roaming dog as the man recording the video asks the dog owner to place her pet on a leash.

Cooper refused and a verbal confrontation quickly ensued, prompting the man to film the encounter as she walked toward the man while aggressively holding her dog by its collar.

"Please stop, sir I'm asking you to stop recording me," she demanded.

"I'm going to tell them there's an African-American man threatening my life," Cooper said.

"Please, tell them whatever you like," the man responds as he tells her to keep distance.

Dogs are legally required to be leashed at all times, according to park rules.

Cooper is then seen backing away from the man as she makes good on her threat to call 911 and falsely report a threat on her life.

"There's a man, an African-American, he's recording and threatening me and my dog," she is heard telling the cops.

"There is an African-American man in Central Park. He is recording me and threatening myself and my dog."



Cooper then raises her tone to feign danger while on the phone with police as she pleaded for help to be sent as soon as possible.

NYPD officers rushed to the New York park, but found that both Cooper and the man filming had left by the time they arrived, law enforcement sources told TMZ on Monday.

Cops had initially received a call about a "possible assault", officers told the news outlet.

The footage was shared online by HBO director Melody Cooper, whose bird-watching brother Christian Cooper filmed his encounter with the peeved pet owner.

Christian claimed in a Facebook post that he notified Amy of a sign that states dogs can't be walked in the Rambles of Central Park from 9am to 9pm because it's a protected wildlife area.

Amy reasoned that she went to the Rambles since the park's dog runs are closed and her pet "needs his exercise", Christian claimed in his post.

"Look if you're going to do what you want, I'm going to do what I want, but you're not going to like it," he claims he told Amy.

Eagle-eyed social media users quickly ID'd Cooper after the clip amassed nearly five million views on Twitter within hours after it was posted.

She has since deleted her social media profiles that identify her and where she works.


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