NYC Mayor Condemns White Woman Calling Cops on Black Man in Central Park as 'Racism, Plain and Simple'

On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio responded to the recent incident in Central Park where a white woman called the cops on a black man as "racism, plain and simple."

"The video out of Central Park is racism, plain and simple. She called the police BECAUSE he was a Black man. Even though she was the one breaking the rules. She decided he was the criminal and we know why," de Blasio wrote on his Twitter account. "This kind of hatred has no place in our city."

The video out of Central Park is racism, plain and simple.

She called the police BECAUSE he was a Black man. Even though she was the one breaking the rules. She decided he was the criminal and we know why.

This kind of hatred has no place in our city. https://t.co/6PP7jIwL1g

— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) May 26, 2020

De Blasio's comments come shortly after videos of the incident surfaced across social media and sparked outrage among many.

The video was first posted to Facebook by Christian Cooper, who encountered the woman, that was later identified as Amy Cooper, VP of Investment Solutions at Franklin Templeton. In the video, Christian Cooper can be seen asking her to place her dog on a leash, as she is walking through the Ramble, a protected nature reserve located within Central Park.

Across Central Park, dogs must be leashed between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., but in the Ramble, they must be leashed at all times.

Central Park this morning: This woman's dog is tearing through the plantings in the Ramble.ME: Ma'am, dogs in the...

Posted by Christian Cooper on Monday, May 25, 2020

After Cooper asked the woman to put her dog on a leash, she responded by saying that the dog runs in the park were closed and that her dog needed exercise, but when Cooper was about to throw the dog a treat, the woman said "Don't touch my dog," which sparked Cooper to begin recording the video.

"I'm going to tell them there's an African American man threatening my life," she says in the video. Cooper then replied saying, "Please tell them whatever you like." The woman then walks a few feet away and phones the police.

"I'm sorry, I'm in the Ramble, and there's a man, African American, with a bicycle helmet. He is recording me, and threatening me and my dog," she says, presumably to 911.

"I'm sorry I can't hear you. I'm being threatened by a man in The Ramble. Please send the cops immediately," the woman added.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio speaks to firefighters following the donation of meals on International Firefighters Day on May 4, 2020 in New York City. Bryan Thomas/Getty

After the video gained traction across social media, Franklin Templeton released a statement, noting that Amy Cooper has been placed on administrative leave.

"We take these matters very seriously, and we do not condone racism of any kind. While we are in the process of investigating the situation, the employee involved has been put on administrative leave," Franklin Templeton wrote on their Twitter.

Shortly after the incident went viral, Amy Cooper spoke to NBC New York to issue an apology.

"I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family," Amy Cooper told the station via phone. "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 a lower light and I understand why they do."

"When I think about the police, I'm such a blessed person. I've come to realize especially today that I think of [the police] as a protection agency, and unfortunately, this has caused me to realize that there are so many people in this country that don't have that luxury," she added.

Newsweek reached out to Christian Cooper and Franklin Templeton for further comment on de Blasio's tweet but did not receive a response in time for publication.