Company Fires White Man Who Called Cops On Black Woman Using Pool
Jul 09 2018
On Wednesday afternoon, Adam Bloom, a white man, allegedly asked Jasmine Edwards to show her identification at the Glenridge community pool in Winston-Salem.
In a statement, Winston-Salem Police Department said officers "maintained neutrality" when they arrived and spoke with Bloom and Abhulimen, and ultimately determined that Abhulimen "had a pool access card which did in fact provide her proper access to the swimming pool".
"It doesn't say that she has to show an ID anywhere", another woman from behind the camera says.
"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.
"If she has a card to get into the pool, I believe that should be enough", an officer is heard saying in the video. I have one! That's how I got in!
The victim, Jasmine Edwards, said it was a classic case of racial profiling. Because this is ridiculous'.
Bloom was adamant about the ID even though the officers were on Edwards' side.
"I feel this is racial profiling", Edwards says. "I'm with a baby", Edwards scoffs. She accuses him of singling out her and her young son as African-Americans by asking to see her ID. As you can see in the video above, the police were called to the scene.
She later resigned from her job as CEO of a health company. "But that's good enough for me today".
"It would be nice if you apologized", Edwards shoots back.
Edwards also asked him for an apology. Bloom's attorney, John Vermitsky, said in a statement provided to The Washington Post that the pool chair was doing his job by enforcing the rules and has since suffered from the backlash to the video.
The New York Post reports that Jasmine Edwards uploaded a video to her Facebook page of a 4th of July incident at her neighborhood pool that escalated to involve the police. On Friday, the president and CEO of the global packaging company Sonoco, where Bloom worked, announced he is no longer with the company. Another board member first asked Abhulimen her address because she didn't recognize her. Abhulimen, however, gave an address on a street where homes weren't yet built, confusing the board member, Vermitsky said.
"We are aware of the bad incident involving the actions of one of our employees outside of the workplace".
The incident also led to Bloom no longer being employed at Sonoco, according to television station WXII.
Bloom, also the pool chairman, reportedly asked Abhulimen for her address and ID to prove she was a member.
The attorney said his client has received multiple death threats and has had to move his family out of the neighbourhood. "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".
"We sincerely regret that an incident occurred yesterday at our community pool that left neighbors feeling racially profiled", the association said in its statement.
"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".