A Black Man Wore Socks in the Pool. After Calling the Police on Him, a Manager Got Fired.


A white manager of a Memphis apartment complex was fired after she called the police on a black man wearing socks in the pool on the Fourth of July.

The man, Kevin Yates, and his girlfriend, Camry Porter, said they had taken Ms. Porter’s two young godsons swimming at the pool at Riverset Apartments, where Ms. Porter lives. They said they were the only black people at the pool.

Mr. Yates, 25, was watching the children play in the pool, sitting at the edge with his feet dipped in the water, when a woman who identified herself as a property manager asked him to remove his socks because they were not “proper pool attire,” the couple said. When he did not remove his socks or leave the property, they said, she called the police.

Ms. Porter, 25, posted an account of the incident on Facebook, along with video of their conversation with a police officer.

In an interview on Sunday, she said she felt racially targeted by the manager, whom she identified as Erica Walker. She said white people were wearing clothing other than swimsuits, such as hats or shirts, in the pool.

“It’s not the issue with socks,” Ms. Porter said. “If socks were not to be worn, that was very well fine. The issue was we were the only one addressed.”

Riverset Apartments and its Chicago-based property management company, Trilogy Residential Management, did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday but have released statements condemning discrimination.

“Ms. Walker was terminated immediately after we completed our investigation,” one statement said, adding that “she will never be employed by Trilogy Residential Management, LLC or any of its properties in the future.”

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A screen shot from a Facebook video showing the socks that the man was wearing.CreditCamry Porter

Ms. Walker, reached by text message on Sunday, declined to comment.

Several white people have faced consequences after calling the police on black people, or threatening to do so, at pools this summer.

During a conversation with the officer, the couple said, Ms. Walker offered to allow them to go to a different pool at the complex.

“That’s when I finally understand: It’s not the socks, it’s me,” Mr. Yates said.

The couple took the children back to the apartment, and Ms. Porter posted about the confrontation on Facebook. The next day, she said, the management company contacted her and offered her three months of free rent.

She later learned that Ms. Walker had been fired.

“We all have bills,” Ms. Porter said. “I’m not going to cheer and throw a party that Ms. Erica was fired.” But, she added, “there should have been some consequences.”