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Video Goes Viral After Woman Calls Cops On Man Who Asked Her To Leash Her Dog

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By Clark Sparky

A woman who has been dubbed Central Park Karen went viral over the holiday weekend for calling the police on a man who asked her to put a leash on her dog. The encounter occurred in an area of the park called the Ramble, which requires dogs to be on a leash at all times.

The woman -- who it was later learned is named Amy Cooper -- called the cops and immediately played the race card.

"I'm going to tell them there's an African American man threatening my life," she says in the video that he recorded. The man replies, "Please tell them whatever you like."

Ironically, the man's last name is. also Copper. His sister, Melody Cooper, posted the video on Twitter and it went viral with over 100,000 retweets.

"I'm sorry, I'm in the Ramble, and there's a man, African American, with a bicycle helmet. He is recording me, and threatening me and my dog," she continues in the clip. She then repeats herself, saying much louder, "I'm sorry I can't hear you. I'm being threatened by a man in the Ramble. Please send the cops immediately."

The woman is a VP of Investment Solutions at Franklin Templeton, and her company later issued a statement.

"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."

On Monday night, Cooper apologized while speaking the NBC New York.

"I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family," Amy Cooper told the station via phone. "It was unacceptable and I humbly and fully apologize 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."

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"When I think about the police, I'm such a blessed person. I've come to realize especially today that I think of [the police] as a protection agency, and unfortunately, this has caused me to realize that there are so many people in this country that don't have that luxury," she added.

Pop Culture has more on the man involved in the incident:

Christian Cooper, a Harvard graduate, is currently the senior biomedical editor at Health Science Communications. He previously worked as an editor at Marvel Comics, where he introduced the first gay male character in a Star Trek comic, Yoshi Mishima. An avid birdwatcher, he was president of the Harvard Ornithological Club in the 1980s, according to Wikipedia.

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