Central Park confrontation sparks outrage overnight

A white woman called the police after a black man said he asked her to leash her dog in Central Park.
3:48 | 05/26/20

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Thank you very much. We turn to that confrontation sparking outrageous overnight. A white woman calling the police after a black man says he asked her to leash her dog in central T.J. Holmes joins us with what they're both saying this morning. Good morning, T.J. Reporter: There's an African-American man threatening my life, robin, those are the exact words this woman used in a frantic manner on 911 and so much of the outrage you mentioned, robin, is there this morning has to do with what many people perceive as her attempt to threaten and weaponize the police against a black man. This on camera confrontation making headlines overnight. Please take your phone off. Reporter: You're hearing Chris cooper who says his request for this woman to keep her dog on a leash quickly escalated. Please call the cops. Please call the cops. I'm going to tell them there is an African-American man threatening my life. Reporter: Once on the phone with 911 you can hear her tone There is an African-American man. I am in central park. He is recording me and threatening myself and my dog. I am being a man threatened in the ramble. Reporter: He was bird watching after 8:00 A.M. Monday when he came across the woman with her dog unleashed against park rules. I said to the young woman, I said, dogs in the Rambo have to be on the leash at all times. Reporter: Cooper claims she refused. That's when he said he used treats to lure the dog away from plant beds before he began recording. They don't like it when you feed their dog treats and she didn't like that at all and she immediately grabbed the dog as you can see from the video and started hauling it around by hit collar. Reporter: New York police confirm officers did respond to a reported assault but says there were no arrests or summons issued for what they described as a verbal dispute. Speaking to a local New York station, the woman in the video apologized to cooper saying it was unacceptable and I humbly and fully apologize to everyone who has seen that video. Everyone that's been offended, everyone who thinks of me in a lower light and I understand why they do adding she was fearful. Before the video began cooper had been yelling and offering her dog unknown items. Quickly taking Twitter's trending topics many calling for the woman to be fired. Overnight her employer announced often Twitter she will be placed on administrative leave pending investigation adding we take these matters very seriously and we do not condone racism of any kind. And the dog in that video, the woman is now returned it to the rescue where she got it. A lot of people pointed out her treatment of the dog in that video and the rescue said it's now in their possession and good health and, of course, after incidents in the past we've seen hashtags driving while black, sleeping while black, bird watching now black is now a topic being talked about on Twitter. Yes, and it was. It was bandied about on Twitter and it was just the reaction from people in seeing it but she has apologized but still I don't think people realize the harm that could have come from her making that call to police, T.J. Reporter: If he had not taken that video, would he have been arrested? You have police coming to a scene where you think something violent, an assault is taking place and, again, so many of the videos we've seen in this day and age about incidents with police and black men, it's just this could have escalated in a different way, robin. And we're glad it did not. Okay, T.J., thank you.

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