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Woman in NYC Bird-Watcher Case Sues Franklin Templeton in Firing

A still image from video of Amy Cooper with her dog calling police at Central Park in New York.
A still image from video of Amy Cooper with her dog calling police at Central Park in New York.Photographer: Christian Cooper/Christian Cooper
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Franklin Templeton characterized a former employee as “racist” for calling the police on a Black birdwatcher whom she had words with while walking her dog in Central Park, publicized the incident on Twitter, and falsely claimed it conducted an investigation before firing her, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan.

Amy Cooper said the May 25, 2020, incident was spurred by her fear of the birdwatcher, Christian Cooper, who she says had a history of “aggressively confronting” dog owners for walking their dogs off-leash. He similarly initiated the dispute with her in the same aggressive manner while she was walking her dog alone, causing her “to reasonably fear” for the safety of her and her pet, Cooper said.