Who is Christian Cooper and what happened in Central Park? – The Sun

CHRISTIAN Cooper asked a woman to control her dog – and chaos ensued in Central Park when she called police and complained that an "African American man is threatening my life."


Amy Cooper, no relation, would later lose her job with an investment management company.

Who is Christian Cooper?

Christian Cooper, 57, attended Harvard and previously worked as an editor for Marvel Comics.

He is an avid bird watcher, an interest that spawned on Long Island when he was a child, according to The New York Times.

It was his passion for birds and nature that led him to ask Amy Cooper to put her cocker spaniel on a leash during the confrontation on Monday.


Christian told her that having a dog on a leash is required by law in The Ramble area of the New York City park.

Amy refused his request.

“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 told her, according to The Times.

Christian pulled out dog treats and began to film the dispute.

"Please stop, sir I'm asking you to stop recording me," Amy can be heard saying.

"I'm going to tell [the police] there's an African-American man threatening my life," she adds.

Christian responds: "Please, tell them whatever you like."

Amy is seen backing away from the man as she follows through on her vow.

"There's a man, an African-American, he's recording and threatening me and my dog," she told the dispatcher.

Who is Amy Cooper?

Amy Cooper, who served as head of insurance investment solutions for Franklin Templeton until recently, has apologized.

The police responded to her call on Monday and found that "two individuals had engaged in a verbal dispute," according to The Times.

"I reacted emotionally and made false assumptions about his intentions when, in fact, I was the one who was acting inappropriately by not having my dog on a leash," she wrote in a public apology.

"When Chris began offering treats to my dog and confronted me in an area where there was no one else nearby and said, 'You're not going to like what I'm going to do next,' I assumed we were being threatened when all he had intended to do was record our encounter on his phone.

"He had every right to request that I leash my dog in an area where it was required.

"I am well aware of the pain that misassumptions and insensitive statements about race cause and would never have imagined that I would be involved in the type of incident that occurred with Chris.

"I hope that a few mortifying seconds in a lifetime of forty years will not define me in his eyes and that he will accept my sincere apology."

She said her life was being "destroyed" after video of the incident went viral.

It has also been revealed that she once accused an ex-lover of cheating her out of $65,000 she had paid him to leave his "abusive" wife.

Why was Amy fired from Franklin Templeton?

Franklin Templeton said Tuesday that "we do not tolerate racism of any kind."

"Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately," the company said.

Did Amy Cooper lose her dog?

Cooper returned the canine to the rescue group she had adopted him from a few years before.

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