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‘Racial profiling’: Man fired after calling police on black neighbor at pool

‘Racial profiling’: Man fired after calling police on black neighbor at pool

The company that Adam Bloom worked for, Sonoco Products, released a statement in new release and via Twitter the he was no longer an employee with the company.

The Glenridge Homeowners Association told the Winston-Salem Journal the man's name is Adam Bloom and that he was the pool's chairman. Bloom has since resigned from his position in the homeowners' association. Edwards again asked Bloom to apologize. He said he regrets how he handled the encounter with the woman, Jazmine Abhulimen acknowledging that he could have been "more empathetic to how she may have felt".

Jasmine Abhulimen recorded the incident on her cell phone and it has received national and global attention.

Bloom, who has since been dubbed "Pool Patrol Paul" by the internet, has been accused of racial profiling. 'Would you mind if I see your keycard?'

Bloom described his leaving Sonoco as a "mutual separation". Vermitsky also said his client feels bad about the situation and didn't intend to discriminate against the woman.

"We'd be happy to have her here if she would just show some identification", Bloom tells the dispatcher of Abhulimen.

In the video, Edwards says that the man called police because she refused to show an ID to get into the pool.

In the video, Edwards had asked the cops if Bloom can be charged with a crime for racially profiling her, to which the officer replied that it would be a civil case.

The incident has garnered national attention.

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

The video - which Edwards captioned "Racial profiling at its worst!" - had been viewed more than 4.3 million times by Friday morning.

"It doesn't say she has to show an ID anywhere", a witness said.

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. He called the police, who eventually determined that Edwards did, in fact, have the appropriate access to the gated pool.

"They were able to prove that Jasmine had what she needed to get into the pool", Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson told WXII12.

Bloom responds that "they kind of make their way around sometimes. but that's good enough for me today". When Abhulimen asked Bloom for an apology, he walked away.

Abhulimen could not immediately be reached for comment Friday. 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. Upon arrival WSPD Officers spoke with both Mr. Bloom and with Ms. Jasmine Abhulimen (identified on Facebook posting as Jasmine Edwards) to determine the cause of the "disturbance". "This guy is in a very hard situation, and it's all because of a very misleading video".

"This poor guy is being crucified...for doing something he was appointed to do", the lawyer said, adding that his client has gotten death threats.


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