Woman fired after calling police on black family at neighborhood pool
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis woman got fired after a post went viral on social media.
The woman, Erica Walker, was an employee at Riverset Apartments on Mud Island. Video shared on Facebook showed her calling the police on a black family trying to enjoy the pool at their apartment on July 4.
Camry Porter posted video of Walker on Facebook. In the post Porter explains that Walker called the police on her family because her boyfriend was wearing socks while he dangled his feet in the pool.
"You know everything happening in the nation now, and like now I'm a part of it. It hits home," Porter said.
Porter admits her boyfriend was wearing socks while in contact with the pool water. There is a sign that says socks are not allowed in the pool.
However, Porter points out that the sign also says no hats, no shirts, and no alcohol. At the time her boyfriend was singled out, Porter said other people at the pool were breaking those rules.
Walker eventually called police. When officers arrived, Porter and her family decided to leave.
"We weren't forced to leave, a lot of people say I shouldn't have left. I left for the safety of the kids," Porter said.
The post went viral which eventually led to this statement from the Riverset Apartments.
"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 said.
Porter hopes nobody else will have to experience what she and her family did that day at the pool.
"It was a very embarrassing and very hurtful and horrible incident," Porter said.
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