The woman who was filmed calling the cops on an innocent black man in Central Park last month has reportedly had her dog returned to her, despite people being concerned over the way she was "choking" it in the video.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to find out exactly why she has regained custody of the dog...
Let's start from the beginning.
via: GettyLast month, shocking footage from Central Park emerged of a white woman calling the cops on a black man for the most ludicrous of reasons.
The appalling video spread like wildfire on Twitter...
@melodyMcooper Notice how her immediate response is to tell the cops an "African American" man is 'threatening' her… https://t.co/oT4z6vdzOa— Axel Folio, PhD, Merry Mary Marxist extraordinaire (@Axel Folio, PhD, Merry Mary Marxist extraordinaire)1590437203.0
And, as the footage gained viral fame...
@melodyMcooper Karen: “this African American is threatening me and my dog.” Also Karen: *proceeds to strangle her… https://t.co/dPl7osoipI— Behdad Sami (@Behdad Sami)1590438882.0
Now, what exactly is a Karen?
Well, the ever-so-accurate Urban Dictionary describes a Karen as a "mother of three. Blonde. Owns a Volvo. Annoying as hell. Wears acrylics 24/7. Currently at your workplace speaking to your manager."
But, for a little more generic description...
The Karen system https://t.co/md5nXQR2QV— its a me, barry bongss! (@its a me, barry bongss!)1590330081.0
Many people have now been identified as a "Karen"...
You can tell how Karen a Karen is by how she reacts to a Karen meme https://t.co/j6u7y8N3Z1— Spinelli ϟ (@Spinelli ϟ)1588157381.0
But, in this instance, there was nothing to laugh about.
via: TwitterMelody Cooper took to Twitter to share the video of her brother, Christian Cooper, who was out bird watching at the time, being targetted by the aggravated white woman... And it was all over her dog being off the leash. She captioned the video, "Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble in NY’s Central Park, where it is clearly posted on signs that dogs MUST be leashed at all times, and someone like my brother (an avid birder) politely asks her to put her dog on the leash."
Christian had allegedly asked the woman to put her dog on its leash...
via: TwitterAnd when she refused, Christian had offered the dog a treat. But, instead of cooperating or simply walking away, the woman, who was quickly identified as Amy Cooper, went on the defense. She grabbed her dog by the collar and stormed towards Christian, asking him to stop recording her.
"Sir, I'm asking you to stop."
via: TwitterChristian could be heard asking her to not come any closer but, clearly agitated, Amy continued to stride forward, all while dragging her dog roughly by its collar. "I'm taking a picture and calling the cops."
Despite her threats, Christian remained calm...
via: TwitterAnd actually encouraged her to call the cops.
And, while still grabbing and choking her dog by its collar...
via: TwitterAmy said defiantly, "I'm going to tell them there's an African American man threatening my life."
It was all completely unbelievable.
via: TwitterWhile standing further away with her dog still struggling at her side, Amy went on to talk to a 911 operator, saying confidently, "I'm sorry, I'm in the Bramble, and there's a man, an African American man, he's recording me and threatening me and my dog."
Christian left before the cops arrived...
My brother & I are so grateful for your concern! He is fine and left to continue birding after she leashed the dog,… https://t.co/BUlLVXflAy— Melody Cooper (@Melody Cooper)1590459998.0
Many expressed their relief for Christian...
@helchose @michaelharriot I like the part where the police didn't come and shoot or taze him or have him in cuffs i… https://t.co/emy1pc1W7H— Yvonne Left (@Yvonne Left)1590472775.0
But many were alarmed at how Amy was literally strangling her dog by its collar.The video just gets worse and worse the more you watch it.
You can watch the footage for yourself here.
Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble in NY’s Central Park, where it is clear… https://t.co/zFb3O0cClz— Melody Cooper (@Melody Cooper)1590426192.0
Did Amy Cooper face any consequences for her actions?
Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the… https://t.co/3GkCjsaYn7— Franklin Templeton (@Franklin Templeton)1590517491.0
And, of course she came forward with an apology.
via: TwitterIn a telephone interview with NBC New York, she said: "I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family. 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 lower light and I understand why they do."
She wants people to know that she isn't "a racist."
via: CNN"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 then spoke to CNN...
@CNN If it had been a black woman making the call she would have been in prison by now— Pat Shiels (@Pat Shiels)1590484358.0
She said that her "entire life has been destroyed" since the video was posted.
In response to an incident involving an employee on May 25th, Franklin Templeton issued the following statement. https://t.co/8f2lMwK0r5— Franklin Templeton (@Franklin Templeton)1590461004.0
But her apologies were to no avail...
@notcapnamerica Good. That poor pup was almost strangled to death. My God she is horrid.— Elizabeth Thorp (@Elizabeth Thorp)1590459651.0
After viewers continued to condemn her handling of the dog in the video...New York-based cocker spaniel rescue center, Abandonded Angels, confirmed that she had voluntarily surrendered her dog.
They reassured people that the dog was in safe hands...And that it had no lasting damaged from the incident.
But now, in a sudden twist of events...It has been confirmed that Amy has somehow regained custody of her dog.
On June 3rd, Adandonded Angels took to Facebook to share the news.They explained: "We have coordinated with the appropriate New York City law enforcement agencies, which have declined to examine the dog or take it into their custody. Accordingly, and consistent with input received from law enforcement, we have now complied with the owner's request for return of the dog."
Understandably, people are outraged.
via: InstagramMany have been expressing their anger and disappointment over the decision, with one Facebook user writing, "I’m extremely disappointed that the dog had to be returned to the owner. I’m trying hard to give AACSR the benefit of the doubt that they did so for legal reasons."
Another pointed out:
via: Instagram"If a person can barely value a human LIFE, is willing to grab their dog in such a manner ON CAMERA, what the heck are they capable of behind closed doors?"