Woman sues employer who fired her for calling police on black birdwatcher

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Woman sues employer who fired her for calling police on black birdwatcher


Amy Cooper, the white woman who falsely told police that black birdwatcher Christian Cooper had threatened her in New York City’s Central Park, is suing her employer for bogus dismissal.

In a complaint filed Tuesday night in Manhattan federal court obtained by Reuters, Cooper claims she was fired by her former employer, financial advisory firm Franklin Templeton, without a proper investigation into the incident and accused the company of wrongly portray her as a racist.

In the complaint, Cooper said the company’s actions “caused her emotional distress so severe that she was suicidal.” She seeks unspecified damages for racial and gender discrimination, libel, willful infliction of emotional distress and neglect, according to Reuters.

On May 25, 2020, Cooper claimed in a police call that there had been “an African-American man threatening my life,” after the ornithologist told him that rampaging dogs were not allowed in this area. park area.

White woman calls police on black man who asked her to keep dog on a leash in Central Park - video
White woman calls police on black man who asked her to keep dog on a leash in Central Park – video

Christian Cooper, who is unrelated to her, posted a video of the interaction on Facebook that has been viewed 45 million times. Franklin Templeton fired Amy Cooper the next day, and she was later charged with filing a false police report.

Christian Cooper has said he will not cooperate with his prosecution.

“I think it’s a mistake to focus on that one person,” Cooper wrote in The Washington Post. “The important thing that this incident highlights is the long-standing and deeply rooted racial prejudice against us Blacks and Maroons that permeates the United States.

Charges against the woman were dropped earlier this year after she completed five therapy sessions focused on not using racial identities “to hurt yourself or others.”

Christian Cooper responded to the ruling, saying the incident was pale in comparison to other widely known incidents of whites calling police on blacks without cause.

He pointed to the circumstances of Washington DC, a city with a predominantly non-white population of not being granted state status. “This blatant racial injustice could be righted by Congress now, today, and that is what people should be focusing on – not the events of last year in Central Park,” he said.

Reuters contributed to this report

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