“I’m not a racist. That doesn’t mean I should be harmed in any way,” he said, adding that he did not mean to harm the African American community.
“I’m taking a picture and calling the police,” Amy Cooper was heard saying in the video. “I’m going to tell them that an African American man is threatening my life.”
The New York Police Department told CNN that neither Christian Cooper nor Amy Cooper were present when officers did not respond. No arrests or summons were made under the NYPD.
Amy Cooper said, “I think I’m just scared.” “When you’re alone on Rambler, you don’t know what’s going on. It’s not external, it’s not defensible.”
Asked if he apologized, Christian Cooper told CNN that “if he’s real and if he’s planning to take his dog to Rambler, we have no problem with each other.”
What led up to the video
That’s when he said he had swollen a dog.
“It’s important to us birds because we know dogs won’t be petted at all and we can go see land-dwelling birds there,” said Christian Cooper. “People spend a lot of money and time in those places too. For some reason, running a dog doesn’t add anything.”
Amy Cooper told CNN that she was walking her driven dog knowing she was against the rules.
He was running in an open field. This person was watching birds
Christian Cooper said the dog was “tearing down trees” and he told Amy Cooper that the dog needed to be hanged. He said he wasn’t yelling at Amy Cooper, and “was really cool.”
The two of them followed the dog with a noose. Christian Cooper, according to his Facebook post, then told him: “Look, if you’re going to do what you want, I’m going to do what I want, but you don’t like it.”
“I didn’t understand what that meant. It’s a terrible situation when you’re alone in the wild, aren’t you?” Amy Cooper Md.
Christian Cooper said he then pulled the dog’s behavior. He told CNN that he treats the dog in a way that makes the dog owner hate the dog because in his experience dog owners hate it when a stranger arranges their dog’s behavior and then restrains the dog immediately.
Amy Cooper said she threw them at the dog. Christian Cooper said he never did any treats.
He said on Facebook that he started recording from this incident.
What happened in the video
The video begins with Amy Cooper pulling her dog by the collar and telling Christian Cooper to stop recording.
“Please don’t come near me,” Christian Cooper said as he approached.
“Sir, I’m telling you to stop my recording,” said Amy Cooper.
He told her not to come near him again. That’s when Amy Cooper said she was going to call the police.
“I’m going to tell them that an African American is threatening my life,” he says.
Christian Cooper says, “Please tell them what you have to say.
The video shows Amy Cooper on her phone.
“There’s a guy, African American, who has a bicycle helmet,” he says. “He’s recording me and threatening me and my dog.”
While he’s on the phone, his dog seems to be trying to strain and free himself while trying to restrain it.
“A man from Rambler is threatening me,” he said in a voice restless. “Please send the police immediately!”
The video ends with Christian Cooper saying “thank you”.
Amy Cooper told CNN that since the video was posted, her “whole life is being ruined right now.”
He has been placed on administrative leave by his employer, investment firm Franklin Templeton.
“We take these issues very seriously and we do not support any form of racism. We have put the employee involved on administrative leave while investigating the situation,” the agency said in a statement.
“The dog is now in our rescue care and is safe and in good health,” the post said.
Correction: Amy Cooper adopted her dog when the previous version of this story was misrepresented. The dog was acquired from the abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue Inc. a few years ago.
CNN’s Julie In contributed to this report.