Central Park 'Karen' Amy Cooper who called 911 on black man also tried to get her doorman fired
Neighbors had described Cooper as 'combative' with other dog walkers and staff in the building
UPPER WEST SIDE, NEW YORK CITY: Amy Cooper, also known as the Central Park 'Karen', who called 911 on a black man, had even tried to have her doorman fired, a report reveals.
Many of Cooper's neighbors have come forward with their experiences of the unpleasant woman. One of Cooper's neighbors at her Upper West Side apartment, Alison Faircloth, shared that once she had found Cooper "on the verge of tears" after having a confrontation with the building's doorman last winter, The New York Times reveals.
The neighbor said Cooper had told her that the doorman had cursed at her with no provocation and she had vowed to have him fired. However, when Faircloth spoke with the doorman to find out his version of the story, he revealed that Cooper had been complaining about malfunctioning elevator and had then abused him.
She had also forced herself into the security booth. Cooper had to be forcefully removed by a security guard, the doorman had said to Faircloth. Faircloth shared, "There’s always a narrative from her about someone who has done her wrong." The confrontation with the doorman is not the only example of Cooper's bad behavior. Other neighbors had described Cooper as "combative" with other dog walkers and staff in the building. While speaking to The Times, Marisol De Leon said, "There was a sense of entitlement."
Leon added how Cooper would frequently walk her dog, Henry, with no leash and would get defensive and angry when she was told not to do so. Another neighbor who lives in a nearby building, Maria Mead, said Cooper was "very devoted to her animals".
Mead also revealed that Cooper had a strange quality and would use a baby voice while speaking to other adults. "The only thing I’ll tell you is she never spoke directly to a person. She always spoke through her dog, and in a baby voice. It was really bizarre."
Cooper had made headlines in a viral video after she had called the police on an African American man who was birdwatching in Central Park. Cooper and the man, Christian Cooper, had got into an argument after he had asked her to put her dog on a leash.
The park's website states that all pets are required to be kept on a leash inside. After being told to put her dog on a leash, she refused and threatened Christian in a video that garnered a lot of attention across social media.
In the video, she is seen talking on the phone and heard saying, "I'm taking a picture and calling the cops. I'm going to tell them there's an African-American man threatening my life. There's a man, African-American, he has a bicycle helmet. He is recording me and threatening me and my dog."
Her behavior led to social media outrage and even cost her, her job. Mayor Bill de Blasio was also unwilling to forgive Amy. “The video out of Central Park is racism, plain and simple,” he said on Twitter. “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.”