Racism reared its very ugly head recently in the state of Iowa—and a 14-year-old girl was the unfortunate victim. According to reports, a woman from Des Moines, Iowa deliberately ran over a teenage girl because she believed her to be Mexican.
@NYTimes reports, Nicole Marie Poole Franklin, 42, of Des Moines, told the police that she intentionally hit the girl with her vehicle on December 9th because she believed that she was “a Mexican.’’ The episode took place in Clive, Iowa—a city of about 17,000 residents about 10 miles west of Des Moines. Local authorities said the girl was walking on the sidewalk on her way to Indian Hills Junior High School when “a vehicle left the roadway and ran the girl over,” according to police.
Franklin fled the scene without checking to see if the girl was hurt or injured. Sadly, the young girl suffered a concussion and received multiple bruises from the accident that caused her to be hospitalized for two days. Authorities promptly identified Franklin as the driver and charged her with attempted murder. Upon her arrest, Franklin was already at the Polk County Jail on a separate assault charge that took place the same day as the hit and run.
On the previous assault charge, Franklin was accused of making racist comments to a West Des Moines convenience store clerk and customers, and she also alleged threw items at them. She is currently being held on $1 million bond on the attempted murder charge.
Chief Michael G. Venema, said this about the incident:
“There is no place in our community (or any other) for this type of hatred and violence. We are committed to stand by and support this family and work diligently with them to seek justice.”
Franklin’s next court hearing is on December 30th.
Roommates, what are your thoughts on this?