Things That Matter

Hate Crime Filed Against Iowa Woman Who Ran Over Latina Girl On Her Way To Middle School

She doesn’t remember the impact, thankfully. The 14-year-old victim doesn’t remember a lot about that fateful night in which a white woman violently ran her over with her car. She does remember the moment right before, in which a car was coming toward her, the next thing she can recall is waking up in pain, laying in the snow wondering what happened. What happened to her was an attack on her just because of her heritage and existence. 

Police have charged Nicole Marie Poole Franklin, a 42-year-old Iowa woman, on multiple counts related to crimes she allegedly committed on Dec. 9. One of those crimes was against a Latina teen. 

Credit: @MenendezRand / Twitter

Police report that Franklin will be tried on multiple charges that stem from horrific crimes, all of which occurred on the same day. The one crime she has confessed to is running over a 14-year-old Latina who was walking to school on her way to an event there. 

On Dec. 20, the Clive Police Department in Iowa reported that the “vehicle left the roadway and ran the girl over. She suffered numerous injuries. The driver and vehicle left the scene without rendering aid to the girl. Earlier, the Clive Police Department requested the public’s help in locating the driver. At that time, it appeared to be a hit and run accident.” 

When police finally identified the driver, the alleged assailant told police she ran her over because “she looked Mexican.” 

Credit: @incendiarynews / Twitter

“During the interview, Franklin not only admitted to being the driver of the car that struck this girl but also that she had done so intentionally,” the police stated. “Franklin told investigators that she ran the girl over because she was, in her words, ‘a Mexican.’ She went on to make a number of derogatory statements about Latinos to the investigators.”

Franklin was charged with attempted murder in that case, along with “assault, theft, consumption, intoxication, and possession of illegal substances,” NBC News reports

Police report that the woman also allegedly ran over a 12-year-old black boy on the same day.

Credit: @ArtDalvik / Twitter

On Monday, police added charges to Franklin related to a hit-and-run of a boy who was left with minor injuries. She was also charged with attempted murder in that case as well. 

The Washinton Post reports that “Franklin struck the 12-year-old boy with an SUV as he walked on a sidewalk within the apartment complex where Franklin lives. Witnesses said the car accelerated as Franklin jumped the curb and hit the child’s leg, then fled the scene, according to police and an incident report.”

Sgt. Paul Parizek of the Des Moines Police Department told the Post that there’s a surveillance video of Franklin hitting the boy and not stopping. 

“She doesn’t even hit the brake,” Parizek told The Post. “Lot of times with a hit-and-run crash, the first thing the person does is stop — like ‘oh, my God, what did I do.’… This one, none of that.”

He also added that the crime against the black boy is possibly motivated by hate as well. Officials also say that the first crime Franklin allegedly committed that day was when she stopped at a convenience store. The Des Moines Register reports that Franklin “threw items at a clerk and directed racial epithets at him and customers.” 

On Christmas Eve, Franklin was finally charged with a hate crime even though initially the District Attorney said that she already had two attempted murder charges against her, and those charges could lead to a longer prison sentence than if they added hate crime to her offenses.

Credit: Clive Police Department / Facebook

Just a few days ago, Polk County Attorney John Sarcone told the Des Moines Register that adding a hate crime charge “wouldn’t necessarily achieve the justice the community is demanding.”

“I can’t specifically talk about her case,” Sarcone told the paper. “All I can say is attempted murder is a Class B felony. That’s a 25-year sentence — 17 1/2 are mandatory. It’s five times any sentence you would get on a hate crime.”

He added, “It may sound nice, but it doesn’t help anything. When it’s appropriate to enhance, we’ll do it.”

Thanks to the demands of advocates of the victims, those new charges will be added to the slew of crimes against Franklin. Advocates said that it was crucial to include the hate crime charges because if they didn’t it would send the wrong message to future assailants. 

Credit: @domingotexas / Twitter

Joe Henry, president of the Des Moines branch of the League of United Latin American Citizens, told the Washinton Post that not charging Franklin with a hate crime “would give the green light to anybody to do this type of terrible thing.”

Click here to sign a petition that demands justice for the Latina victim. 

READ: Community In Michoacan Rallies Around Homeless Man Whose Dog Was Killed By A Hit And Run Driver

‘Ken’ and ‘Karen’ Strike Again: White Couple Blocks Latino Man From His Own Apartment Building

Things That Matter

‘Ken’ and ‘Karen’ Strike Again: White Couple Blocks Latino Man From His Own Apartment Building

SOMA Residences

Another day and another white person – or in this case, a white couple – have terrorized a person of color and gone viral in the process. Many are calling this white couple ‘Ken’ and ‘Karen’ after video shows them blocking a Latino man from entering his own apartment complex.

Michael Barajas, the Mexican-American man who the couple targeted, filmed the incident just as the couple became violent and threatened him with further violence.

The encounter is just the latest after a barrage of similar instances of racial profiling that have continued over the backdrop of anti-racism protests. 

A now viral video shows a white couple blocking a Mexican-American man from entering his own apartment complex.

Michael Barajas was pulling into his apartment complex’s garage in San Francisco, when he became the latest victim of a ‘Karen’ and ‘Ken.’ He had just returned home from grocery shopping and used his key fob to open the building’s garage door when suddenly a white SUV pulled in ahead of him and refused to move forward.

The couple in the white SUV claimed Barajas was trespassing, called him a criminal and threatened to call the police.

“That’s fine. Call the cops. Why are you even calling the cops about, Karen?” the video shows Barajas responding.

In an Instagram post, Barajas said the white man “thought I was trying to tailgate them to break in and rob them.” One of Barajas’ neighbors, who is also white, was outside smoking and intervened in the situation. The driver then got out of a white SUV with Florida plates, beat the neighbor up, “and threatened to shoot us if we didn’t leave,” said Barajas.

Barajas says he started filming the incident once the couple got aggressive and threatening.

Barajas, 28, told NBC’s Bay Area affiliate KNTV that the situation kept escalating and turned dramatic when the white man in the car got aggressive, which prompted him to start recording.

“Given the current political climate, and certainly I’m Mexican American, and that rhetoric of us being criminals, it just hit hard, it hit close to home,” Barajas told KNTV.

After several minutes, a bystander who also lives in the apartment complex, intervened. “Dude, pull into your space or go!” the bystander said.

The man, who has since been identified as William Beasley, then exits the SUV from the passenger side, confronts the person who hit his car and reportedly assaults him by knocking him to the ground, according to ABC7 News

According to Barajas, the woman in the SUV then got out to try and coax Beasley back into the car. She also allegedly tried to pay Barajas and the neighbor (who had been assaulted) to not call the cops or file charges.

Since the video’s release, the white man – William Beasley – has been fired from his tech job.

Barajas shared the video of the incident to his Instagram, where it has been seen more than 150,000 times.

Since the video was uploaded, APEX Systems, where Beasley was an employee, has fired him after conducting an internal review of the incident. In a brief statement, they said they would not “tolerate violent or racist behavior of any kind.”

And the apartment complex where the encounter took place, SOMA Residences, said in a statement that they’re ‘actively working to resolve’ the incident and do not condone ‘violent acts, aggression toward any residents, discrimination and harassment.’

Barajas said he’s satisfied with the outcome and feels inspired to keep speaking out on behalf of minorities.

Credit: Michael Barajas / Facebook

From his apartment complex to the bystander who intervened on his behalf, Barajas said he’s grateful for the response he’s received and for how far he’s been able to come in life.

“I’ve always been from a really poor, poor immigrant family, so I think what happened just struck very hard for me. I felt, for me, that I do not belong here,” he said in a now-deleted Instagram post.

In the same post, he questions what would have happened had this happened to an undocumented person and didn’t know how to handle the situation? It’s a very good point that will cause many people to pause and re-examine how they react to situations like this one.

VIDEO: Sacramento Karen Punched In Face For Calling Woman N-Word

Things That Matter

VIDEO: Sacramento Karen Punched In Face For Calling Woman N-Word

@kenion_d / Twitter

Another day, another viral video on social media of a racist person getting confronted. This time, a white woman in Sacramento got punched by a Black woman after calling her the N-word.

Another Karen is going viral after calling a Black woman the N-word. *Warning: Strong Language*

Social media has proven to be the best tool to catch these racist incidents as they happen. There have been several videos to be posted recently. Tbh, it seems that the videos are much more common after some people were forced to spend time at home away from people. That racism seems to have just been waiting to come out.

Like any other video on social media, people have their own opinions.

Most people on the Internet are siding with the woman who threw the punches. The country is having a reckoning moment with racism. Protesters have been marching in major cities demanding police reform, which is happening. With emotions running high, these examples of racial tensions exploding are indicative of the place the country is in.

Across the board, people agree the violence is wrong but people of color are finding it hard to totally disavow what happened.

Hate crimes have significantly increased since President Trump took office. The FBI has reported an increase in hate crimes against several minority groups across the country during Trump’s time in office. This increase comes after hate groups grew at alarming rates during the Obama administration in response to Barack Obama’s victory.

People are tired of being subjected to bigoted and dangerous rhetoric. The temperament of the American people went from excusing this behavior to a majority of Americans seeking to become anti-racist.

Yet, people are still coming with jokes on social media.

According to TMZ, the police responded to a call at the convenience store and the white woman was being treated for minor injuries. She originally did not want to press charges but changed her mind. TMZ reports that the Sacramento Police Department claims the Black woman in the video has not been arrested yet her husband claims she has.

READ: Lyft Driver Dumps Racist Passenger At Their Starting Point After Racist Tirade