A woman who called the police after a black man in Central Park asked her to keep her dog on a leash has reportedly been fired from her job.
There has been widespread outrage over a viral video over a woman, who has been identified as Amy Cooper, rang the authorities after she thought that a man called Christian Cooper was making threats towards her when he was just asking her to leash her dog, which is the laws in Central Park between the hours of 9am and 9pm.
Amy Cooper reportedly worked for Franklin Templeton Investments who has confirmed on Twitter that upon review of the incident 'the employee' has been terminated from her position in the company.
The incident which occurred on Monday, was filmed by Christian Cooper who shared the footage on Facebook where it has subsequently more than 3.7 million times leading it to become a trending topic on social media.
In comments given to CNN, Amy Cooper said:
[I want to] publicly apologize to everyone. I'm not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in anyway.
Christian Cooper, who is an avid bird watched has also explained that he asked her to keep the dog on a lead because dogs can disturb birds who have made ground dwellings, which is common in The Ramble area of Central Park.
That's important to us birders because we know that dogs won't be off leash at all and we can go there to see the ground-dwelling birds. People spend a lot of money and time planting in those areas as well. Nothing grows in a dog run for a reason.
He added that he filmed her response due to incidents like the killing of Ahmaud Aubrey and that he didn't want Amy Cooper to "exploit that to her advantage."
Since the video has gone viral Amy Cooper has admitted that her 'entire life is being destroyed right now' adding:
I think I was just scared. When you're alone in the Ramble, you don't know what's happening. It's not excusable, it's not defensible.
Christian Cooper has said that he will accept her apology if it is 'genuine' and if she agrees to keep her dog on the leash.
The Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue Inc has since confirmed on Facebook that Amy Cooper's dog has been surrendered to them in wake of the scandal. Cooper reportedly adopted the dog from the same facility just a few years ago.
According to NYPD, despite officers being summoned neither Amy or Christian Cooper was at the location when they arrived, and no arrests have been made since.