White Man Calls Police on Black Family Using Neighborhood Pool
A white man called the cops on a black family in North Carolina Wednesday for using a neighborhood pool because he apparently didn’t believe she was rich enough to live there. In the latest of a string of incidents of white people calling cops on people of color for increasingly absurd reasons—this week an Oregon African-American lawmaker was reported for canvassing for votes—a man dubbed #IDAdam on social media demanded to see ID proving she was allowed to use the pool. “This is a classic case of racial profiling in my half a million $$ neighborhood pool,” wrote Jasmine Edwards.
“This happened to me and my baby today,” she said, in reference to her encounter with police, which was captured on cell phone video. The Winston-Salem Journal has identified the man as Adam Bloom. Police officers are on the scene as the video begins. One of the officers tells the man that if Edwards “has a card to get in the pool I believe that that should be enough.” The woman later hands over her electronic key card to the officer, who demonstrates that it opens the gate. “Alright ma’am,” the officer tells the woman. “I apologize for the time and the altercation that occurred.”
“I feel this is racial profiling,” Edwards says in the video. “I am the only black person here, with my son — and he walked all the way to me, to ask for my ID. He asked for my address. I give it to him, and then he came back and said, ‘Well, I didn’t catch your address correctly. 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? Is there an ordinance in the neighborhood?’”
At an officer’s suggestion, Edwards presented a card given to residents to open the gate to the pool. Though it worked, Bloom continued to express doubt.
“They kinda make their way around sometimes,” he tells the cops in the video. “But that’s good enough for me today.”
Edwards, meanwhile, can be heard asking the officers if she can charge Bloom for “racial profiling” and wasting “taxpayers’ money.” It is unclear if she will pursue a civil case.
But there has been fallout for Bloom, who is being called “Pool Patrol Peter” on social media since news of the confrontation went viral. According to the Winston-Salem Journal, he has stepped down as pool chairman and board member. The Glenridge Homeowners Association also issued a statement apologizing for how Edwards was treated.
“We sincerely regret that an incident occurred yesterday at our community pool that left neighbors feeling racially profiled,” the statement reads. “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.”
Bloom’s lawyer, John Vermitsky, claimed that Bloom has received threatening calls and denied that his client’s actions were racially motivated.
“This guy is really having a very difficult situation and dealing with backlash for something that’s pretty undeserved,” Vermitsky told the Post. “If you notice, he remains very calm — doesn’t make any racial epithets or anything. He was put in a very uncomfortable situation, trying to deal with conflicting responsibilities, and it’s simply unfair. This guy is in a very difficult situation, and it’s all because of a very misleading video.”
Vermitsky, who said Bloom was being “crucified” over the incident, also cited Edwards’s behavior.
“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. “[Edwards] became loud and confrontational, and he wanted to make sure that the situation was handled properly.”
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