Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Man who challenged black family's use of pool loses job

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Melinda Barton | 08 July, 2018, 17:46

Edwards has not posted on Facebook since she published the video. "And so my goal here is to give you better expression of my full view as a person, and express my honest regret for the actions that I took that day".

"If she has a card to get into the pool, I believe that should be enough", one of the officers tells Bloom in the video.

In yet another case of racial profiling, a Black woman says she was harassed by a white pool-goer while she and her child were visiting the neighborhood pool.

Bloom also demanded that the police validate Edwards' fully functioning pool card.

The video has gone viral since it was posted online, with many agreeing with Edwards in her assessment that she was targeted by the man because she is black.

By Friday morning, Bloom had been fired from his job at Sonoco, a packaging service provider. Bloom has resigned as pool chairman and as a Glenridge HOA board member after the incident, the report said.

"Exactly! Where does it say that I have to show an ID to use my pool?"

"He had a pool member come to him and say "this person doesn't appear to be a pool member" and asked to check their credentials, as he's required to do so", Vermitsky said.

"Nobody else was asked (for) their ID", Edwards says.

The responding officers determined, during their investigation, that Abhulimen did in fact have proper access via her pool access card.

In an interview with NBC News on Friday, Bloom repeatedly apologized.

In the video, Bloom, Abhulimen and the responding officers all speak in measured tones. The caller identified himself as Adam Bloom and said he was the chairman of the pool, according to the police report.

He is the latest to be criticized for calling law enforcement on black people seemingly minding their own business, joining the ranks of "Barbecue Becky", who reported a group grilling in a park, and "Permit Patty" who contacted police after spotting a little girl selling water. 'This happened to me and my baby today.

"They were able to prove that Jasmine had what she needed to get into the pool", Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson told WXII12. Edwards then asked for an apology. Vermitsky also said his client feels bad about the situation and didn't intend to discriminate against the woman.

"Our core values at Sonoco are built on dignity and respect for all, and we do not condone discrimination of any kind, inside or outside of the workplace", the company wrote.

Bloom's lawyer, John Vermitsky, told the New York Post that his client has been having "a very hard situation" because of the incident. Lawyer John Vermitsky issued a statement Friday saying his client feels awful and didn't intend to discriminate.

"We sincerely regret that an incident occurred yesterday at our community pool that left neighbors feeling racially profiled", the association statement said.

Mobile phone video filmed by Ms Edwards shows police calmly speaking to her and the man.

We also have re-instituted a sign-in sheet at the pool to make sure no resident feels singled out again.