Is there no end to the hatred in America?
Des Moines, Iowa, on December 9, shortly before 5 PM, a 14-Year-old girl walked down the sidewalk on her way to an activity in Indian Hills Jr. High School.
A vehicle left the road and ran over the girl. The teen suffered a concussion and severe bruising in the attack but is expected to make a full recovery.
Although it must have been clear that she had hit the girl, the driver left the scene without making any attemp to help the pedestrian.
Previously, the Clive Police Department requested the public's help to locate the driver, believeing it to be a hit and run accident. "From the moment this happened, our officers were out knocking on doors, checking for home video surveillance, checking with bus drivers … anything we could find," Clive Police Chief Mike Venema said.
The Clive Police Department later identified suspect vehicle driver as Nicole Marie Poole Franklin, 42, from Des Moines.
Detectives interviewed her at Polk County Jail, where she was arrested for other charges.
During the interview, Clive Police Chief Mike Venema said that Franklin not only admitted to being the driver of the car that hit this girl, but also she did intentionally.
She ran over the girl because, in her words, the girl "was a mexican". then she made a series of derogatory statements about latinos to researchers.
Nicole Marie Poole Franklin was caught at a West Des Moines gas station about an hour after the hit-and-run.
"She walked in and said, 'Hey, sand n*****, pump my gas," said a convenience store employee, who asked not to be identified.
The convenience store employee told KCCI that Franklin started stealing things and vandalizing the store, ripping open food bags and throwing things at him. He said he was not the only person on the receiving end of Franklin's hate-fueled rhetoric.
"Anybody … a colored person walked in, (and) she was calling them n*****," he said. "'Hey n*****, you going to pump my gas?'
That is when I called 911."
Nicole Marie Poole Franklin has been charged with attempted murder and is currently detained in Polk County jail.
The Clive Police Department detectives will continue collecting information for the Polk County Attorney's office to help them with their processing.
The Clive Police Department wishes for everybody to know that there is no place in our community (or any other) for this kind of hatred and violence. They are committed to supporting the victim and his family and working diligently with them to seek justice.
Scott Cirksena, Clive mayor, released the following statement:
“On behalf of the entire Clive community, we condemn this egregious act and reaffirm our commitment to helping all people of good will live hopeful and optimistic lives. We are grateful that the victim is safe and recovering with her family.“It is extremely disturbing to see this kind of violence in our City or any community, especially when it’s directed at a child, but we’re not going to look away. We recognize this hate, we reject it, and we will overcome it. Our shared values of kindness, decency, appreciation of diverse identities, and justice are strong and we are absolutely committed to caring for one another.“We thank the Clive Police Department and partner law enforcement agencies who worked quickly and decisively to identify, apprehend, and charge the suspect. And we appreciate the care the West Des Moines Schools are providing for the students and families at Indian Hills Jr. High. The City will continue working closely with our partners to help our community heal from this trauma.”