Shortly after the video was posted by the man’s sister on Monday, someone who said they had been the white woman’s dog walker identified her. The woman’s name, Amy Cooper, soon began trending on Twitter.
By evening, Cooper was placed on leave by her employer, Franklin Templeton, while the incident was being investigated. According to her LinkedIn page, Cooper heads insurance portfolio management at Franklin Templeton.
Police said they had responded to the report of an assault at about 8.10pm.
“Upon arrival, police determined two individuals had engaged in a verbal dispute,” said Sergeant Mary Frances O’Donnell, a spokeswoman for the New York City Police Department. No summons were issued and there was no arrest made.
Amy Cooper has apologised, according to NBC, but denied being racist.
“I sincerely and humbly apologise to everyone, especially to that man, his family,” she said to the network. “It was unacceptable and I humbly and fully apologise to everyone who’s seen that video, everyone that’s been offended everyone who thinks of me in a lower light and I understand why they do.”
Speaking to CNN, Christian Cooper said he would accept the apology “only if it is genuine and if she plans on keeping her dog on a leash going forward”.
The New York Times