February 21, 2019

Man Who Called Cops on Black Family at Pool Faces Blowback

08 July 2018, 05:45 | Devin Moran

Watch: White man calls cops on black family using community pool — then demands they check mom’s ID

Adam Bloom

Abhulimen told police that as a resident, she has a key card to enter the gated pool area, which she handed over to an officer to prove that it worked.

. The video received millions of views and prompted a social media backlash.

Edwards has not posted on Facebook since she published the video.

The man identified as Bloom then asks police to test her gate card to validate that it works, and the woman agrees to let police try it on the entrance. " ... I feel this is racial profiling because I'm the only Black person here in the pool with my son".

On Wednesday, while Edwards was celebrating the July 4 holiday in the community pool with her son, Bloom approached her and asked for her address, according to WXII12, a Winston-Salem-based NBC affiliate. Edwards' pool card opened the entrance. The man, later identified as Adam Bloom by the Glenridge Homeowners Association, reportedly asked the woman, Jasmine Edwards, for her address and ID to prove she was a member. When Abhulimen asked Bloom for an apology, he walked away. In it, Bloom reports a non-resident that refuses to leave and describes himself as the chairman of the pool.

Company spokesman Brian Risinger confirmed that Bloom's separation was "effective immediately".

"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. Besides all the other racist things that don't reach viral internet status, there's been #BBQBecky and #PermitPatty, and even residents who called the police on a black firefighter doing his job. "I am just here with my baby swimming", she continued, adding that she was the "only black person" at the pool that day. "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".

Vermitsky said Bloom resigned from his neighborhood positions to limit negative publicity, and not because he did anything wrong.

Vermitsky said Bloom is now getting death threats and had to leave his home with his wife and three children to find a safer location.

Bloom's attorney, John Vermitsky, released a statement on his behalf Friday, saying he had asked people of all races for their pool ID and addresses over the last seven years and race was never a factor.

"Where does it say that I have to show an ID to use my own pool", the woman told police in the video.

Association officials regret the situation "at our community pool that left neighbors feeling racially profiled", the email said.

The Glenridge Homeowners Association said Thursday afternoon that Bloom resigned as the pool's chairman and association board member. In confronting and calling the police on one of our neighbors, the pool chair escalated a situation in a way that does not reflect the inclusive values Glenridge seeks to uphold as a community.

Police Chief Catrina Thompson has warned that her officers "will not be used as pawns to further someone's dislike for anyone".

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