An investment agency that hired a white woman who went viral after police called a black man in Central Park on Monday put her on administrative leave.
The agency wrote, “We take these issues very seriously and we do not support any form of racism.”
“We are investigating the situation and the employee involved has been dismissed on administrative leave.”
The woman in the video was identified as Amy Cooper. A screenshot of his LinkedIn account shared on Twitter identified him as the head of insurance investment solutions at Franklin Templeton.
Cooper later apologized for the incident in a phone interview NBC New York.
“I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially that person, to his family,” he told the network. “It was unacceptable and I apologize politely and completely for that video to everyone who has been offended … those who think of me in low light and I understand why they do it.”
The person who can be heard in the video, Christian Cooper, said he told Amy to hang the dog, and when he didn’t treat Pooch.
“The only way to save a dog from being treated is to let it go,” he told NBC. “At one point, he decided I would play race cards, my idea.”
Amy told the network that she was threatened because she did not know what to do with the dog.
As seen in the video, social media users accused Amy of animal cruelty as she was seen dragging a fighting dog by the neck.
Later Monday, Amy returned her adopted pooch to the local animal shelter.
“As of this evening, when the owner has voluntarily surrendered the dog to our rescue operation, the matter is being looked into,” Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue said in a statement.
“This dog is now under our care and is safe and sound,” the group said.
The shelter also did not publicly identify the woman or link her to the Central Park incident. The group did not immediately return a request for comment.
Amy Cooper did not return a phone call from the post.