A woman faces a backlash over a viral video that shows how to call the police of a black man who asked her to leash her dog. Since then, she has been taken on administrative leave by her employer.
The woman was in an area in New York’s Central Park, the Ramble, where dogs must be kept on a leash. The sister of the man who filmed the confrontation, Melody Cooper, said he asked the woman to keep her dog on a leash.
As the exchange escalated, the woman threatened to call the man’s police and claim that he was threatening her and her dog. The woman appears to call 911 and request that “the police be sent immediately”. She can be seen pulling the dog’s collar instead of pulling the leash during the apparent call.
The woman was quickly identified on social media and prompted the company where she worked to make a statement.
CBS News contacted Franklin Templeton to confirm that the tweet was the viral video. The woman was not only on leave, but also “voluntarily” gave her dog to the rescue, from which she had adopted him.
In a Facebook post, Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Inc wrote: “The owner has voluntarily given the dog in question to our rescue while this matter is being dealt with.”
A spokesman for the animal rescue confirmed that the dog handed over was the same in the viral video.
As for the man who filmed the woman, his sister said in a follow-up tweet that he is safe.
“I wanted people to know what happened to make sure it never happened again. She just had to keep her poor dog on a leash,” Cooper said.