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Woman who called police on Black bird-watcher in Central Park loses employment appeal

Published Jun 08, 2023 11:33AM ET Updated Jun 08, 2023 12:36PM ET
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NEW YORK (Reuters) -A U.S. appeals court on Thursday refused to reinstate a lawsuit by Amy Cooper, the white woman who became known as "Central Park Karen" after calling police on a Black bird-watcher, against the employer that fired her following the encounter.

In a 3-0 decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said Cooper did not prove that Franklin Templeton illegally dismissed her on the basis of race or defamed her by branding her a racist.

Cooper had been an insurance portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton, a unit of San Mateo, California-based Franklin Resources (NYSE:BEN).

"Karen" is sometimes used as a pejorative for an entitled white woman.

The case arose from a May 25, 2020 video that went viral, in which Cooper confronted bird-watcher Christian Cooper, who is not related.

Amy Cooper said she would tell police "there's an African-American man threatening my life" after Christian Cooper asked her to leash her dog to comply with park rules.

Franklin Templeton fired Amy Cooper the next day, saying it had conducted an internal review and that "we do not tolerate racism of any kind."

The appeals court said Franklin Templeton's statements said nothing about Cooper's race, and that if reasonable readers thought it were accusing her of racism they would have considered it an "expression of opinion" based on the video.

That video, the court added, had been circulated "in the midst of an ongoing national reckoning about systemic racism," having been taken the same day a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, who was Black.

Lawyers for Cooper did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Franklin Templeton said it was pleased with the decision. "We continue to believe the company responded appropriately," it added.

The decision upheld a lower court judge's dismissal of Cooper's case last September.

The case is Cooper v Franklin Templeton Investments et al, 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 22-2763.

Woman who called police on Black bird-watcher in Central Park loses employment appeal
 

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Dac Walker
Dac Walker Jun 08, 2023 4:46PM ET
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Here the statslink
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First Last Jun 08, 2023 1:42PM ET
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dylan's "Black people commit 60% of the violent crimes in the US" is an easy-to-check lie.
Dac Walker
Dac Walker Jun 08, 2023 1:42PM ET
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What database are you using for your figure because it way off.
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Dac Walker Jun 08, 2023 1:42PM ET
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https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2019/crime-in-the-u.s.-2019/tables/table-43
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Dac Walker   Your own link proves me correct.
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dylan mulvaney Jun 08, 2023 1:34PM ET
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That is false, people of all races have enslaved others. It was actually white people who freed black slaves before even black people. There are black people enslaved in Africa even to this day. Leftists do not care about black people, they care about comm.uni.sm and money, which is why you do not hear anybody talking about slav.ery occurring in Afri.ca and the Mid.dle East. Even the democrat's favorite country China has millions of M.ussli.ms enslaved today. Leftists just play identity politics for their communist endgame.
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dylan mulvaney Jun 08, 2023 12:05PM ET
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Does the author of this article want to cite a comparison on white vs black crime statistics in Central Park to see if her concern is justified? When democrat-run cities are not locking up criminals then it makes sense people are going to be more concerned about the demographic that is committing most crimes in the area.
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Brad Albright Jun 08, 2023 12:05PM ET
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Looking upon another race as inferior is the definition of racism.
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Rebekah Simon  That is false, people of all races have enslaved others. It was actually white people who freed black slaves before even black people. There are black people enslaved in Africa even to this day. Leftists do not care about black people, they care about communism and money, which is why you do not hear anybody talking about slavery occurring in Africa and the Middle East. Even the democrat's favorite country China has millions of Muslims enslaved today. The reason why you all keep going around complaining about slavery that ended in the US over a century ago is that you have absolutely no examples of present injustice, just black people committing most of the violent crime in this country and in single parent households.
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dylan mulvaney Jun 08, 2023 12:05PM ET
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Brad Albright  You are the one who conflates "higher crime" with "inferior". As I said above, males commit more crimes than females, are females sexist for being more concerned about their safety around men than other women? Does that mean men are the inferior sex?
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https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2019/crime-in-the-u.s.-2019/tables/table-43
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dylan mulvaney Jun 08, 2023 12:05PM ET
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Dac Walker  Nice try, this is what you are looking for https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2019/crime-in-the-u.s.-2019/topic-pages/violent-crime
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dylan mulvaney Jun 08, 2023 11:59AM ET
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Wow, you all are not even trying to hide your racism. You are openly spreading a racist term against white people in your article. You even acknowledge it is racist. "'Karen" is sometimes used as a pejorative for an entitled white woman." You actually make the woman's case for her. Black people commit 60% of the violent crimes in the US despite being 13% of the population. 1 in 4 black men is a felon. Being concerned about one's safety with high crime demographics around is not "racist" it is logical. Men commit most crimes in the US, is it "sexist" for women to be more concerned that men will sexually harass them than other women? No, it is basic stats. If black people do not want to be profiled, then they need to stop committing such a disproportionate amount of crime.
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dylan mulvaney Jun 08, 2023 11:59AM ET
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Also, for anybody who did not actually watch the video, he was harassing her and even threatened her dog's life at one point.
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Joe James Jun 08, 2023 11:59AM ET
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at no point was the dog's or her life threatened you disingenuous bad faith gaslighting fool
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Red Maple Jun 08, 2023 11:49AM ET
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She suffered a self in inflicted injury. What a fool. She knew he was videotaping her, too.
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dylan mulvaney Jun 08, 2023 11:49AM ET
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Clearly you did not watch the video or you would see that he literally threatened her dogs life.
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A Karen mentality is very similar to a bad cop mentality.  A Karen thinks she's above the law, that she can impose her version of the law on others (mostly on minorities), and that if she makes bs up, other cops will back her up.
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A Karen's mentality is similar to a bad cop's mentality.   A Karen thinks she's above the law, that she can impose her version of the law of others (on mostly minority), and that she can lie because other cops will back her up.
 
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