Man who questioned black family's use of community pool loses job

Man who questioned black family's use of community pool loses job

Man who questioned black family's use of community pool loses job

"I feel this is racial profiling", Edwards says in the video.

"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.

A phone message for the man was not returned, and the woman who posted the video on Facebook also didn't return a message.

"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.

Sonoco announced Friday that Adam Bloom is no longer employed by the company in a statement that apologizes to Jasmine Edwards and says it doesn't condone discrimination of any kind.

In the video, Edwards can be heard repeatedly asking Bloom to apologize, but he ignored the request. She accused him of singling them out as African-Americans. Edwards told the man her address, but he then asked for an ID to verify she was not lying.

Bloom has resigned as pool chairman and as a Glenridge HOA board member after the incident, the report said.

By this time, Bloom had called Winston-Salem Police, who tried their best to defuse the situation.

To prove she was a resident, Edwards handed officers her pool key, which they then used to open the pool gate with no issue.

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"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 Bloom's lawyer say?

When police turned up, they quickly established that Edwards was perfectly entitled to use the pool. And, he walked only to me to ask for my ID. Lawyer John Vermitsky said his client called police to "make sure that the interaction didn't escalate", and said it's "unfortunate that conclusions are being reached by people who have seen a 46-second video of their interaction". The incident follows a string of widely publicized instances where police were called on Black folks for doing everyday activities, including mowing the lawn, campaigning door-to-door and even barbecuing at a local park.

Sonoco posted this statement on Friday to its social media accounts. "To that end, effective immediately, the employee involved in this incident is no longer employed by the company in any respect".

Edwards continues by explaining that she told the man her address, but he continued to harass her for the ID.

"We are aware of a bad incident involving the actions of one of our employees outside the workplace", the statement said, adding that the "employee is no longer employed by the company in any respect".

We are aware of a awful incident involving the actions of one our employees outside of the workplace. The...

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

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