A white woman has apologized for calling police on a black man in Central Park on Monday, after the two argued about her unleashed dog.
Amy Cooper told CNN she wanted to “publicly apologize to everyone.”
“I’m not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in any way,” she said, adding that she also didn’t mean any harm to the African American community.
She was walking her dog Monday while Christian Cooper was bird watching at a wooded area of Central Park called the Ramble.
Amy Cooper and Christian Cooper are not related.
They both told CNN the dispute began because Amy Cooper’s dog was not on a leash. Dogs are supposed to be leashed at all times in the Ramble, according to the park’s website.
The dog has been surrendered to the shelter he was adopted from days earlier while the dispute is addressed, according to a Facebook post from Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Inc.
“The dog is now in our rescue’s care and he is safe and in good health,” the post said.
Christian Cooper recorded video of part of their encounter and posted it on Facebook, where it has since been shared more than 2,000 times.
“I’m taking a picture and calling the cops,” Amy Cooper is heard saying in the video. “I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.”
The New York Police Department told CNN when officers responded, neither Christian Cooper nor Amy Cooper were present. No arrests or summonses were made, according to NYPD.
“I think I was just scared,” Amy Cooper said. “When you’re alone in the Ramble, you don’t know what’s happening. It’s not excusable, it’s not defensible.”
She told CNN that since the video was posted, her “entire life is being destroyed right now.”
She has been placed on administrative leave by her employer, investment company Franklin Templeton.
“We take these matters very seriously, and we do not condone racism of any kind. While we are in the process of investigating the situation, the employee involved has been put on administrative leave,” the company’s statement read.