Amy Cooper, white woman who called 911 on Black bird-watcher, loses lawsuit over termination

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Amy Cooper, a white woman who was fired after calling 911 on a black bird-watcher in Central Park, claimed he threatened and tried to attack her, according to her former employer. The discrimination case against was lost.

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US District Judge Ronnie Abrams on Wednesday called Cooper’s claims against investment firm Franklin Templeton baseless. In a 17-page ruling, Abrams dismissed Cooper’s allegations of discrimination based on race and gender, defamation, intentional incitement of emotional distress, and negligence.

“We are pleased that the court has dismissed the lawsuit. We believe the company responded appropriately,” Franklin Templeton told USA Today.


In May 2021, Cooper sued Franklin Templeton – alleging that the firm illegally fired her without conducting an internal investigation and made defamatory statements against her on social media.

Abrams ruled that the act of viewing the video of the incident and discussing Cooper’s conduct would meet a reasonable interpretation of “internal review” and that “the allegation of bigotry is a protected statement of opinion, not a defamatory of competent fact.” to be proved to be true or false rather than a statement.”

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Shortly after a video of Cooper went viral in May 2020, the firm announced Cooper’s termination on Twitter, saying, “We do not tolerate racism of any kind.”

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In the video, Cooper was walking his dog at Ramble, a part of Central Park that requires dogs to be leashed, when Christian Cooper, a black birdwatcher who is not related to Amy Cooper, took him to his pet. Asked to leash the animal.

Cooper reported the 911 call and alleged that a man named Christian Cooper — who is not related to him — had threatened his life. The incident took place in Ramble, a wooded area in Central Park, where dogs have to live on leash. The man who was bird watching asked Cooper to leash his dog in the park.

As their exchange progressed on Memorial Day 2020, Amy Cooper called 911 and reported “an African American man … threatening himself and my dog.” Meanwhile, Christian Cooper began filming the works of Amy Cooper.

This video posted on social media got millions of views that day. The incident happened on the same day that George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis by white police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on his neck and was convicted of murder last month.

The charges against Amy Cooper were dropped last year after she completed a psycho-education and therapy program focused on racial equality.

In her lawsuit filed in federal court, Amy Cooper alleged that Franklin Templeton’s actions allowed her to be portrayed as “a privileged white woman ‘Karen’ while verbally abusing an African American man.” was caught, with no probable cause other than the color of his skin.” The lawsuit states that the woman was primarily motivated by fear during the exchange, and not by race.

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Amy Cooper also claimed that the firm supported three male employees who had engaged in misconduct, including insider trading and domestic violence, and that their dismissal was unjust. But Abrams ruled that the cases were not equal and could not prove bias.

Abrams wrote in the opinion, “Plaintiff’s dissatisfaction with the adequacy of the defendant’s investigation—even if objectively warranted—is insufficient to support the presumption of discrimination.”

A lawyer for Cooper did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

Contribution: Ryan Miller, USA Today


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