Woman Calls Police on Black Man Wearing Socks in a Community Pool, Gets Fired

A woman has been fired from her job as a property manager, after footage emerged of her calling the police on a black man for wearing socks in a community swimming pool.

Erica Walker phoned the cops after telling the man to take his socks off if he wanted to put his feet in the pool, at Riverset Apartments in Memphis on July 4.

Telling the group she was the property manager, Walker said: "No socks, T-shirts, hats, or things of that nature are allowed in the pool," according to the man's girlfriend Camry Porter, who filmed the incident, USA Today reported.

Despite the family pointing out that other people using the pool area were in violation of the apparent rule, and asking Walker for ID, Porter says she believes they were singled out—being asked to leave the pool when they challenged Walker's comments, despite Porter being a resident of the apartments.

When Porter refused to leave, the property manager said she was calling the cops—in an incident caught on film.

"I went to the pool in my apartments at about 12/1230 hours with my boyfriend and 2 god babies. When we walked into the main pool area we were the ONLY black family.... Cool. No problem," Porter wrote in a Facebook post that has since gone viral. "As I said, things like that have never phased me. While getting settled I noticed this woman constantly watching us and whispering among her friends, but AGAIN, I didn't care."

Porter said she felt her boyfriend had been singled out because of his race, pointing out that other people at the pool were violating the supposed dress code.

"I asked her what was her name and who was she... I mean I feel like it's only right that you let me know," Porter continued. "Even a police officer still has to legally identify themselves when they pull you over; therefore, I saw no problem in me asking her can she show me some kind of identification to verify that she was the property manager. Her response was, "I'm not about to go back and forward with you. You all need to leave."

"I work too hard to pay this rent to NOT be able to enjoy the amenities offered so, NOPE I REFUSE. She then states, 'I'll just call the police,'" Porter added.

When an officer arrived 20 minutes later, Porter says she was accused by the apartment manager of disturbing the peace.

After Porter shared a video of what happened, which was viewed as the latest in a series of racially motivated incidents that have seen white people calling the cops on black people for "doing x while black," Walker was dismissed from her job.

"She has a family I'm sure she has to provide for, so I'm not going to say, 'Yay. I'm glad she's gotten fired,' but I do believe she deserves some consequences after her actions," Porter told WMAC Action News 5.

Porter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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