The New York City Commission on Human Rights has announced that it is investigating the case of a white dog-walker who was called by police to a black man in Central Park.
“At a time when the destructive effects of the racism of the Krishna community have been so painfully clarified – from the racial inequality of the COVID-19 results, to the harassment of first-line workers – this kind of ugly threat is shocking to see one after another in New York,” the Human Rights Commission said. Swapna Raj, deputy commissioner of the law enforcement bureau, said.
“Attempts to intimidate black people by threatening to call law enforcement into a long, violent and painful history and they are unacceptable. We encourage Mrs. Cooper to cooperate with the Commission and engage in a meaningful process to address the damage she has caused, ”Raj added in a statement.
The commission said it learned of the incident from a video recorded by black bird watcher Christian Cooper, who asked white woman Amy Cooper to shake her dog at a rampart in Central Park in accordance with the law.
Amy started approaching the man and said, “I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.”
The clip was shared on social media, and Amy’s racist “Karen” sparked widespread outrage among visitors, a social media shorthand for white women calling police against black neighbors for innocent incidents.
Amy Cooper has been fired from her job at investment firm Franklin Templeton, and the Central Park Civic Association has called for a ban on her from the park.
He surrendered his dog to the abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue after some viewers in the video were outraged at how he had dragged the pooch by the neck.
The Human Rights Commission has issued a letter of inquiry requesting the woman to cooperate in the pre-complaint intervention.
The statement said, “The Commission reserves the right to impose fines on violators of the law and may provide compensation to the victims, including damages of emotional distress and other benefits,” the statement said.
“The Commission may develop remedial justice relief, such as training on NYC human rights law, changes in policy, and replacing fines and financial relief or apologizing for community service and mediation.”