July 11, 2018 9:53 pm
Updated: July 11, 2018 9:54 pm

Black man asked to leave pool at his apartment complex, property manager placed on leave

A man in Indiana alleged he was racially profiled last Friday while sitting at a pool at his apartment complex, saying he was asked to leave the pool by a police officer and then the property manager despite him showing them his key fob for the pool.


A man in Indianapolis said he was asked to leave the pool in his apartment building seemingly just because he was black.

It’s the second incident of profiling in as many days –- a white man called the police on a black mom at a neighbourhood pool in North Carolina on July 4.

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In this incident, Shayne Holland said he was relaxing by the pool on July 5 at the River Crossing apartments, where he rents a unit for $1,600 a month.

That’s when a woman approached him and demanded to know where Holland lived.

He told her he lived in the building and showed her the fob key to the complex, but didn’t reveal his address.

“She didn’t introduce herself, she didn’t say hello,” Holland told the Indy Channel News. “She says, ‘Do you live here?'”

“I’m like, ‘I live over there, but if you’re asking me for my address, I mean, I don’t feel comfortable giving you my entire address without knowing who you are.”

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The woman, who was later identified as an off-duty police officer, then went to get the property manager.

That’s when Holland started recording the incident.

The property manager can be heard on the video telling the off-duty officer that Holland indeed lives there, but she agreed with the officer and told him to leave the area despite knowing he lived in the building.

The manager told Holland he was asked to leave because he wasn’t answering the officer’s questions.

“Honestly, I don’t want to jump to racism. I don’t want to say she just pointed me out because I’m the only black dude in the pool, but that was the case,” he told Indy Channel.

He also said on Twitter that he asked everyone in the pool if they were required to provide proof of residence.

The manager has since been put on leave, pending an investigation by the company which manages the property.

But Holland says the incidents have kept happening.

In a separate video, Holland’s mother is asked to leave.

“We are not allowed in the pool until further notice for what? That I don’t know, that I don’t know, I am sorry,” Holland told NBC News 13.

“After a couple of days of the same thing, I think that there was some directive that there are not a lot of African-Americans that live in this community.”

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Holland’s family says they intend to file a complaint with the police.

Reports of people calling the police on black people for seemingly no reason have increased in recent time.

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Along with the two pool incidents, the police were called on a black politician who was canvassing her neighbourhood, and a family who purchased food at a Subway restaurant.

There was also the highly reported case of two black men at a Starbucks in Pennsylvania, who were deemed suspicious for no apparent reason.

With a file from Maham Abedi 

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