‘Racial profiling’: Man fired after calling police on black neighbor at pool

Geraldine Edwards
July 8, 2018

Edwards provided her address but refused to show ID, reported local TV station WXII, prompting Bloom, a member of the homeowners association and the pool chairman, to call the police.

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. He has also been fired from his job at the packaging company Sonoco.

Edwards tells him, "Where does it say that I have to show an ID to use my own pool".

Edwards didn't have identification on her to prove she lived in the neighborhood, but had a key card for the exclusive pool.

The Glenridge Homeowners Association said in an email that Bloom resigned as pool chairman and board member. There was not a sign-in sheet that day because it was a holiday.

The woman responds, "It would be nice if you would apologize".

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When the woman's keycard opens the gate, the police officer tells the man that is all she needs to get into the pool. "It turns green and it unlocks".

Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson said Friday that the altercation ended without any charges and that her officers "consistently attempt to resolve incidents while maintaining respect for all persons involved". In the video, the man appears calm and unapologetic, as the woman asks him to explain why he wanted to see her ID.

When police arrived, they immediately discerned that Edwards was a resident and apologized for the situation. "What a shame!" A police news release noted that the postings were on the page of Jasmine Edwards, which is Abhulimen's Facebook screen name.

"There's the rule back there", says Bloom, pointing towards a signboard behind them.

Vermitsky told the Journal that the incident started before Edwards began videotaping. It is not yet known if Edwards remains keen on pushing ahead with a criminal complaint against him, but social media users have applauded her for making Bloom infamous.

A statement from Bloom's attorney states, "When violations of these regulations occur, it is Mr. Bloom's job to either address and correct the violation or remove the member from the pool". And, he walked only to me to ask for my ID. Can you provide an ID to prove the address that you gave to me?' And I said, 'Why do I have to show my ID?

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"Okay, let's validate that it works then", Bloom says.

The following statement was issued to the residents of Glenridge.

"We are aware of a awful incident involving the actions of one [of] our employees outside of the workplace". "You may be aware by now of a bad incident involving the actions of one our employees", wrote Rob Tiede.

"On behalf of our more than 20,000 teammates around the world, we extend our sincerest apologies to all who have been hurt by this incident, especially Ms. Edwards and her family".

What did the HOA say?

"The well-documented incident, which involves activities at a neighborhood pool, does not reflect the core values of our company, and the employee is no longer employed by the company in any respect", Sonoco said in a statement.

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