A woman identified as Amy Cooper said she would call police and claim the man threatened her life after he asked her to leash her dog in Central Park.
"The video out of Central Park is racism, plain and simple," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a tweet.
A cellphone video has gone viral and is sparking widespread outrage after capturing a white dog owner calling 911 and claiming an African American birdwatcher who told her to keep her pet leashed was "threatening myself and my dog" in New York City's Central Park. "Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately," Franklin Templeton said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
The Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Inc. shared on Facebook that the dog "is safe and in good health."
Franklin Templeton on Monday said it had suspended an employee after a woman identified as Amy Cooper was recorded in a video that sparked outrage.