VIDEO: Man Accused Of Racism At Pool Has Been Fired, Gone Into Hiding

The man accused of racially profiling a neighbor at the pool has been fired and had to go into hiding with his family.

Winston-Salem, NC – A man has been accused of racial profiling after he asked a black woman for ID at his community pool on the 4th of July.

Now, he has been fired from his job and had to go into hiding with his family after a video of the incident went viral (video below).

But John Vermitsky, an attorney for the man, said that the video didn’t tell the entire story of what happened to prompt the police to be called, NBC News reported.

Adam Bloom was only trying to enforce the rules of the pool that restricted its use to residents of the Glenridge neighborhood, Vermitsky explained.

Vermitsky said another board member first asked Jasmine Edwards for her address because she didn't recognize her as a resident in their neighborhood, NBC News reported.

Edwards provided an address on a street where the houses have not yet been built, Vermitsky said.

So that board member asked Bloom, who was also on the board of the homeowners’ association and chairman of the pool committee, to verify Edwards' address, Bloom’s lawyer said.

Bloom asked Edwards for her address, and she gave him a different address from what she had given to the first board member, prompting Bloom to ask to see her identification.

Edwards refused, and accused Bloom of racial profiling, Vermitsky said. That’s when Bloom called police to sort the matter out as a “neutral third party,” he said.

When police arrived at the pool, the woman ranted and raved about the fact that nowhere on the pool rules posted did it say that she had to show ID to get into the pool.

She and her son were the only black people at the pool so the board members’ questions had to be racial profiling, she told police in the video.

“No one else was asked for ID… I feel this is racial profiling. I’m the only black person here with my son in the pool, and he walked only to me to ask for my ID,” Edwards told the officers.

Another woman off-camera can be heard disputing that, and saying that her own child was also black and in the swimming pool.

Bloom told the officers that he checked IDs on residents at the pool a couple of times a week. He explained that nobody was checking pool passes and requiring sign in as usual that day because the pool staff was cleaning up from a flood the prior day.

Because the sign didn’t say anything about requiring photo ID for entry, the officers mediated the dispute by testing out the woman’s pool pass to see if it worked to open the pool gate.

“It turns green and it unlocks,” the officer said and handed the pool pass to Edwards, who apologized for their time being wasted.

Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson said they officers had not responded to the call at the swimming pool to take sides.

"The issue was brought up. The officers asked the questions that needed to be asked to get the issues resolved," Chief Thompson said.

"They were able to prove that Jasmine had what she needed to get into the pool. At the end of the day, there was no need to see an ID, at that point, because there was nothing to say that an ID was necessary,” the chief said.

Edwards told the officers that she wanted to press charges on Bloom for racial profiling, and the officers explained that her complaint was a civil matter, and not in their purview.

“It would be nice if you apologize!” Edwards told Bloom, who ignored her and thanked the officers.

“Do you want to apologize? Adam? Adam! Do you want to apologize Adam, for what you did?” Edwards demanded, following him back into the pool as she continued to film him.

Bloom appeared to be gathering his children together to leave the pool, as Edwards followed demanding an apology. He did not issue one at the time.

However, in the few days that have elapsed since the incident occurred, Bloom has changed his tune.

In a letter Vermitsky sent to WXII, he said Bloom wanted Edwards to "feel welcome at the pool and is deeply regretful if his enforcement of the rules appeared to be racially motivated."

His attorney also said that Bloom had resigned his positon of as chairman of the pool committee, and left the neighborhood’s board altogether after the incident.

"It's just really hard for me to know I made another person feel that way," Bloom told NBC News. "I express my sincere regret for the actions I took that day."

On Friday morning, Bloom’s employer tweeted an announcement that Bloom was no longer employed by the company because his behavior at the pool did not “reflect the core values of our company.”

The video quickly went viral and has been viewed more than 5 million times across multiple platforms since Edwards posted it late on Wednesday afternoon.

His attorney said that Bloom has been receiving death threats, and has had to go into hiding with his wife and children at a safe location, NBC News reported.

You can see the viral video of the incident below:

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pattyollie
pattyollie

she gives 2 different addresses, one that showed there was no houses built yet on that street.....Another black looking to file a lawsuit.

Righton17
Righton17

Sue the homeowners association for every penny they have ever touched. Bloom I mean, not her.

HardAssets
HardAssets

Apparently some Blacks just don't like rules. Playing the victim and looking to sue....typical !

ragnarok1943
ragnarok1943

There have been a whole bunch of these cell phone recorded stories recently and it's always a white person who questions a black person about something. People get asked all the time to show ID these days but black people always cry discrimination. It's almost like they just wait for the slightest thing to happen so they can record it and pull the race card. Even this is just a frivolous incident. All he did was see a strange person at the pool and ask for some kind of ID. The one at Yale a couple of months ago was when a white woman saw someone strange (a stranger) sleeping in the dayroom at 1:30 AM. The black woman claimed that this woman called campus police on someone some months ago but she never claimed the woman ever knew her. The black woman said she always carried her cell phone around because she claimed the police murdered Sandra Bland in Texas. Police were exonerated but she will never accept facts. She probably believes Michael Brown had his hands up when he attacked the officer in Ferguson. A woman in Oakland called police when some people were barbecuing with a charcoal fire where charcoal fires were not allowed. The blacks made a big deal about it like it was a crime to call police.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I've lived in places that require you carry proof you reside in the development or you're not allowed to use the amenities. I have even been asked whether I lived there and it is not a big deal to show proof. I would think the fact this woman didn't even know her address would give cause for suspicion.

Not surprisingly, a black woman played the race card and as a result it caused a man to lose his job. I'm not sure what civil recourse this man has but I would certainly consult with a lawyer to see who I could sue.

AllenP
AllenP

my car and truck was destroyed by wsstate students but who helped us...no one....because it was black on white hate crimes..no one helped us....but then this man doing what he was hired to do, make sure the pools was for residents of the development, was simply following the necessary rules......but winston salem nc is a white hating town

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

She has Black Race Privilege. Rules and laws that apply to others dont apply to her.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

😂

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DieselDawg Black Race Privilege? No such thing.

StandforUS
StandforUS

Of course, even if there is a logical explanation it would never suffice. It's always this way. These people are making it worse for so many other people , yet they think they don't have to follow any of the same rules as anyone else. Where I live, a woman was arrested for having 85 outstanding tickets. How do you have 85 outstanding tickets? She "felt" that she could park and drive wherever, whenever and as fast as she felt like. She never paid any of them, never went to court, never responded to summons. When she was arrested and hauled to jail, she cried racial profiling, and that the only reason she got tickets was because she was black. She got those tickets because she was stupid. And now her (court appointed- no less) attorney is asking that they all be dismissed so she has a chance to start fresh !! What a joke. So she can start all over again ???? She smirked and laughed throughout her court appearance. There is no way she is going to "start fresh". These type of people want everything handed to them with no repercussions.

Katarina
Katarina

I agree her story sounds sketchy if she can't give the correct address, but perhaps she just moved in? If her card worked, would it have been unreasonable to tell her next time she visits, she will need to also provide ID and sign in or she won't be admitted? I have seen multitudes of stories and videos where people try to take advantage of their black race privilege, but is one freebie at the pool worth the hastle?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

She didn't have to say anything to anyone, let alone 2 people. She has a working pass. She even apologized to the cops on behalf of Bloom wasting their time.

Side note, all these whites needlessly calling police on black people is getting hilarious. Permit Patty, BBQ Becky, and this guy are all unemployed memes now.

Stop being racist on camera and you'll get to keep your job. It's really not that hard.

Marxest
Marxest

Glad that bastard has been fired. He singled her out for one reason: race. The woman had an access card to get into the pool area and that racist troll refused to acknowledge that fact. She didn't need to show ID. I'm glad the responding officers analyzed the situation and realized that the troll was in error. Ms Edwards was even gracious and level headed enough to thank the officers for their time.

Trashman67
Trashman67

If she is so right then why did she lie?

Frank Cadillac
Frank Cadillac

On the other hand, the apartheid system in South Africa was not absolutely bad. Since it was abolished, it went downhill with the land.

satmantoo
satmantoo

This fella was obviously set up!! No One recognized her, she gave a false address twice! I think we are going to see a lot more people being set up this way. We still don’t know if she lives in that neighborhood. A friend could have given her that pass and why would that be so hard to say. This guy needs to sue her and the company he worked for. I’m a White man and had black people call the cops on me because I was working on a telephone pole and they said “I didn’t look like I belonged on that street!” Now who’s racially profiling?? No news there. Police made me put my arms on a tree and pat me down!! I’m wearing climbing gear, Orange safety vest, hard hat, working on a telephone pole. Yea, I looked really suspicious! Another time I went to a Black family’s home for cable repair. They asked me if we didn’t have someone of color to come to their house. I said, “sure, what color would you like?”. After they stopped laughing they invited me in!

satmantoo
satmantoo

Yes there is Black race privilege. You wouldn’t understand. White people can NEVER question a Black person without being accused of being racist. On the other hand, Black people can fire, deny jobs, refuse service to White people and you will never hear about it because it is in our White culture to keep our mouths shut and get on with life.

VicG
VicG

Fired for doing his job, shame on the Board. Those people are always playing the race card and they wonder why they get treated the way they do...

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@satmantoo Of course I'd understand, I'm black. There's no black race privilege like you're talking about.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@VicG What job? There wasn't any signage or staff asking for sign in or ID. He was caught being racist and got chased out of the neighborhood. Poetic justice.

Workingonsix
Workingonsix

the good old race card. because it’s easy.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

The "race card" is a reaction. If you stop the initial cause of the race card, racism, then the card would never have to be played.

Mic911
Mic911

You know what I am tired of?? This country after all these years playing the race card every damn day!!! I have very good friends who are African-American, I worked with some of them, I fought fires and ran EMS calls as a volunteer/partime FF/EMT never once did I judge them by the color of their skin...not once!!! I know of several cops I worked with the same, trust me every damn one would be there for you, as I would for them. MLK had a good thing going when he was killed and I wonder at times if our country would not be as racial as it is today if he had lived!!! Cut the crap people, black or white we are all the same...human beings!!!!!

satmantoo
satmantoo

I know from personal experience that there is Black race privilege. Any and every time a Black person is questioned for anything they automatically pull the race card. I’ve never accused a Black person who asked me why I was somewhere of being racist even though in some instances they were. The board member was doing his job by questioning a stranger at a regulated pool. The lady could have introduced herself and said something like, “ I’ve never seen you here before either”. But she had to pull the race card and cost this man his job at a place not even associated with his place of residence. She clearly set this man up and should be held accountable for her actions!!

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

@Hi_estComnDenomnn the race card is the easiest thing to throw now days. Why didn't this woman just show her card and end the confrontation like an adult instead for acting like a petulant child. SHE created the situation. There absolutely is black privilege out there and it is out of control right now. There is a certain element in the black race that use the color of their skin as an excuse for everything and it's just as ugly and hateful as those whom believe because their skin is white they are special. The fact is we all bleed red, we are all members of the human race and we simply have different level of a pigment called melanin. And before you do what you well known for doing, my skin is technically red as I am an American Indian, Cherokee to be exact. It's past time for people to stop using the color of their skin as an excuse for their own bad or criminal behavior. We all have choices and it time to take responsibility for our choices.

Pat1978
Pat1978

@Ladyfluterby Wow...that was awesome.

Propolice
Propolice

Ridiculous woman looking for attention. I live in a neighborhood with a community pool and we have a lot rules that have to be followed otherwise all the section 8 housing from across the street come in and ruin everything. I have lived there for 5 years now and every now and again someone will ask for iD, which I gladly provide. Rules are rules. Tough!

61mouse
61mouse

@ Marxest ....like those cards aren't passed around ??? LMFAO. What's her EXCUSE GIVING 2 DIFFERENT ADDRESSES ?? Those SCUMBAMMA phones take good videos

61mouse
61mouse

Wasn't bad enough to loose his job .Person who fired him black ????

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Ladyfluterby But that's my point. He was in no authority to ask for ID, so she was in no obligation to show anything to him. You keep saying she caused this, but she didnt. There was no post about shOwing ID, and if he was that concerned, he should have brought it up with a worker.

Edwards was overly patient with the racist. She could have totally ignored him and used her keycard to enter. The fact that she gave this douche the time of day makes her a saint.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I'm surprised, no shocked, this site allows felons from California to comment.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

@Hi_estComnDenomnn actually you are wrong. As a member of the HOA Board and the Chairman of the Pool Committee he absolutely has the right to ask for the ID. This is one of the restrictions that go with living in an HOA and everyone knows it when they move in and sign the disclosures. All she had to do was show her ID and the problem would have been over. I live in an HOA and every single time I go to the pool I have to scan my ID and have it verified by staff before I can enter and they all know me, I'm there everyday. It's part of the rules which again are disclosed when you purchase your home and are given a copy of the CCR's and Rules and Regulations. This woman wanted to cause a problem and play the victim and now this man has lost his job, his family and he are having their lives threatened simply because this woman wanted to cause a problem.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Ladyfluterby First off, unless you live in this neighborhood, what your HOA rules are have no bearing here.

Second off, no he doesn't have authority there. He was there to swim with his kids. He wasn't there in any kind of official policy with his shirt off.

informative6361
informative6361

Asking ID is a common thing all people should be expected to carry ID at all times. If you feel like someone asked for ID because you are black then you are certainly FREE to file a complaint or dispute. Trying to try people in the media needs to be made a criminal act and this nonsense needs to stop.

If a community pool has as it's policy that only members are permitted, then only persons who can prove they live in the complex can then use the pool. If people are sharing their key cards with non-members, then they should be charged for that service.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@informative6361 Then they should post that. Nothing stating to show ID was posted.

And trying to make recording illegal is against the First Amendment. That's pretty un-American of you.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Hi-estCommDenomn I realize that you feel you are the all wise being of the universe but guess what you aren't and you are wrong plain and simple. You might want to either live in an HOA community before you speak (I won't be at all surprise if you come back and say you do, that would be normal) or you might want to do some research before you speak. Either way you need to learn your facts first.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Ladyfluterby You may think your experience counts for everyones, but guess what it doesnt. The facts you state apply to your HOA.

Did you skip over the fact that there was no ID rule posted?

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Whatever, apparently common sense is a skill you are lacking.

Let God Sort em Out
Let God Sort em Out

Since when does every little nuance NEED to be posted? The man had the responsibility to ensure that only residents used the pool. I am SURE it was somewhere in the HOA rule book given to EVERY resident that covers this issue. HOA's are NOTORIOUS for rules, everybody KNOWS that. I don't see anything to suggest that he singled her out for her race, that was HER doing! She was first asked by a different employee for her address and it was explained to her why. She gave a bad address that was actually a lot under development. THAT would raise anyone's suspicions. That employee then asked this man to investigate further. We have no knowledge whether he had "carded" anyone else that day or any day previous EXCEPT is was mentioned that he has carded others as part of his duties. Everyone's comment supporting this woman glosses over the woman heard ( but not seen on camera ) stating " My children are black and they are in the pool, what's the problem? " Don't want to comment on THAT. So where's the bias? There are those out there that are LOOKING for racism under every rock and around every corner, they lay in wait with their cellphone cameras HOPING to catch a glimpse of anything that they might be able to scream racism ! They are called RACE BAITERS. They are the ones that will set back equality 100 years.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Jsmoe Are you asking me?

If so, no the threats aren't necessary. But those threats have nothing to do with Edwards, who was just recording her encounter for her and her kids' safety. I'm sure if she had it her way she could have enjoyed the pool with her kids without interference. Bloom wasted her and the officers' time, and was justifiably fired.

But the threats were unnecessary.

Let God Sort em Out
Let God Sort em Out

This is Jasmine Abhulimen. NOT Jasmine Edwards as she told everyone. She is the one claiming racial profiling. She has a Facebook page under a fake name. Why? If you care, report her fake page to Facebook. She claims she was singled out BECAUSE she is black, not because Mr. Bloom, the POOL CHAIRMAN who's duty it is to VERIFY pool guests are authorized. No. Even after a woman off camera can clearly be heard saying HER children are black and they are in the pool with no problem. No. That would rebuke Ms. Abhulimen's claims. No. Instead her ranting causes a man to lose his job because he is WHITE, Shame on her ! THAT is racism and SHE is the bigot. Funny how she starts recording this as the police arrive, Makes me think she's looking for a Ghetto Pay Day. I guess to pay for that "half million dollar home " she owns.

Let God Sort em Out
Let God Sort em Out

@61mouse She also gave a fake NAME

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Let God Sort em Out He wasn't in any official capacity in swim shorts, so she can give all the fake names she wants. If he had a problem, he should have brought it up with pool staff on duty.

Also, she's not racist. She didn't get him fired, his actions did. If he had used the proper channels, this all could have been avoided.

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

I like to flutter out my words like a racist butterfly don't mind me folks.

CP94
CP94

Wow the racism in this place is real. Not saying he's a racist but it was clearly because she was black. If she had a card to get in then that's all she needs. Him trying to enforce some made up rule about IDs is ridiculous and then not apologizing afterwards is just rude. You really think if a white person he didn't notice came he would card them or would he just wlak past and give them a hey?

A lot of you are trying to make this woman out to be the bad guy when all she wanted to do was go to the pool which she was allowed to do, but was stopped for being black really

CP94
CP94

That being said he shouldve stepped down as whatever he was, not sure if it should have effected his job, but death threats were really uncalled for