Camry Porter and her boyfriend were spending the Fourth of July at the pool at the Riverset Apartments in Memphis, Tennessee, when one of the managers called the police the boyfriend because he was wearing socks.
Porter, who filmed the incident and posted it on Facebook, is heard on the video:
I think she’s calling the police because he has on socks. She’s walking off making a phone call to whoever she needs to call. I haven’t said anything crazy to her, but I did tell her I was not going to leave.
Porter told WREG that community manager Erica Walker told her and her boyfriend that he needed to either take off his socks or leave:
And she was like, “Well, I’m the property manager,” and she pointed at the rules. The rules say, “Proper pool attire.” It doesn’t specify what proper pool attire is.
Porter said that Walker also declared that hats were also banned, but but several white men were wearing hats:
So, she basically said no hats, no shirts, no socks. We have two men, who are her friends, sitting right here in hats. Two hats. We have a man over here sitting in a hat.
Porter believes she and her boyfriend were profiled because they are black:
It does look funny. It’s 25, 30-plus white people out here and you haven’t said anything — you’re partying with them. You’re partying with them! But when we come, it’s an issue.
“You called the police on me. That could have went a whole other way. We’ve seen that. And I didn’t have anything to say to her. She was very apologetic, I will say that. But at this point, I don’t want an apology. You’ve embarrassed me.
The Trilogy Real Estate Group released a statement, and said Walker had been fired:
Riverset Apartments takes Ms. Porter’s allegations very seriously. We do not support discrimination of any kind.
After assessing statements from Ms. Porter and determining that this former employee’s actions violate our company’s policies & beliefs, she is no longer employed by Riverset Apartments.