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Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

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

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

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.

Bloom's attorney told the Winston-Salem Journal that Bloom had approached Edwards after a female pool member asked him whether Edwards was a member.

"Nobody else was asked to see their ID", she says in the video.

Also on Friday, police released audio of Bloom's call, in which he tells a dispatcher that "we have a non-resident that's at the pool that refuses to leave".

Officers then determined that Edwards, who lives in the neighborhood, did in fact have keycard access to the gated pool.

In the video, Edwards can be heard repeatedly asking Bloom to apologize, but he ignored the request. I have one! That's how I got in! Because this is ridiculous'. Social media users shared a Facebook post in which Abhulimen called it a "classic case of racial profiling" - the latest in a string of police calls on black people who are doing ordinary, nonthreatening tasks that have made headlines.

Adam Bloom, 40, identified by the Winston-Salem Police Department, asked for Edwards address, which she provided, and an ID to prove that she lived where she said she did. This happened to me and my baby today. She accused him of singling her and her son out as African-Americans. He also called police.

She later resigned from her job as CEO of a health company.

"I'm heartbroken that I'm no longer on that team, but unfortunately we felt at the end of the day talking through it that the company's best interest would be uh served without me", he said.

In a statement, the Glenridge Homeowners Association apologised and said Mr Bloom had resigned from his position as the pool chairman and a member of the board. And, he walked only to me to ask for my ID. In one of the videos on her account, viewed more than 4 million times, she told Winston-Salem police that Bloom asked for her address and then for an ID.

"They kinda make their way around sometimes", he tells the officer, seemingly referring to Black people he believes wrongly use neighborhood pools.

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

"The well-documented incident, which involves activities at a neighborhood pool over the 4th of July, does not reflect the core values of our Company, and the employee involved is no longer employed by the Company in any respect", read Sonoco's statement on their Facebook page.

Bloom's lawyer, John Vermitsky, told the New York Post that his client has been having "a very hard situation" because of the incident.

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

An attorney for Bloom said his client has taken his wife and children away from their home in the city, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of Raleigh, to a safe location after receiving death threats.

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

In a Twitter post, the company said that the situation, though outside the workplace, doesn't reflect its company values. "Would you mind if I see your keycard?"

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