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Woman pleads guilty to hate crime charges after she ran over a girl because she ‘was a Mexican’

DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa woman who told police in 2019 that she ran over a girl because she “was a Mexican” has now pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges, according to court records filed this week in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.

Nicole Marie Poole Franklin had actually been involved in three separate racist incidents in December 2019, according to two police departments.

Footage from the Des Moines Police Department shows Poole Franklin intentionally ran over the leg of a 12-year-old boy, who is Black, and fled.

The boy was walking along the curb of a Des Moines apartment parking lot when an SUV jumped the curb, ran over his leg and fled, police reported.

A witness told police the SUV “gunned its engine” before the driver struck the child and that she’d seen the driver in the complex before.

The boy’s injuries were minor, police said.

About an hour later, she ran over Natalia Miranda, who was 14 at the time, as she walked to a basketball game, according to the Clive Police Department. This was the incident that made national headlines because upon her arrest, Poole Franklin told police she hit the girl because she “was a Mexican.”

Poole Franklin then “made a series of derogatory statements about Latinos,” police said.

And then an hour-and-a-half after she hit Miranda, West Des Moines police said Poole Franklin used racist slurs toward a clerk and customers at a convenience store and threw items at the clerk.

Victim’s family watches guilty plea

Poole Franklin pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of hate crime acts which include that she “willfully caused bodily injury to Minor Victim #1…Acted because of Minor Victim #1 actual or perceived race, color, religion or national origin,” according to the plea agreement. The same charges were brought against her for the 12-year-old boy.

Natalia and her family were in court when Poole Franklin pleaded guilty, her father, Cesar Miranda told CNN. Miranda said his family felt bad for Poole Franklin “because I think it’s just a person that has a lot of problems.”

“It’s just hard to believe that someone can have the heart to do that to somebody, to hurt someone just because they believe you’re Mexican, believe you are Latino, or your skin color and just think you don’t deserve to be here,” Miranda said.

More than two years after the incident, the family saw firsthand how the criminal justice system can protect people regardless of their skin color or country of origin, Miranda said.

“This just gave me a little hope to say ‘I can live here, my kids can live here. We can walk anywhere, we can live in any corner of this country without anybody judging us because of skin color or where they think we are from or whether they think we deserve to live here,'” Miranda said. ” We deserve to live here and there’s is no place in this Earth that any human being should say ‘you don’t belong here.'”

Miranda says he hopes the guilty plea would discourage others from hurting people because they think a certain skin color is better or thinking that someone doesn’t belong in the country.

Miranda also told CNN he always felt blessed to live in the United States, but the incident with her daughter changed his perspective and made him question whether he — as a Latino — belonged in the country.

“To raise your family here, to have a job, have a business, to have a better life, it’s a privilege,” Miranda said. “I kind of lost the hope and the feeling of being free in this country.”

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      1. You are correct MAGA. Always have been and always will be. No matter what bleeding hearts they have for each other they can’t disguise their hate for human kind regardless of their color. They just hate. They are enthralled in being demoKKKrats and that is supposed to cover their evil deeds. But we see right through them.

  1. Charlie the criminal that calls the legal carriers of firearms the bad guy as he carries illegal. You are nothing more than a socialist democrat that thinks you’re above the law. Go spread your lies elsewhere, you’ve been figured out here you f@cking hypocrite. Oh yeah that woman is straight f@cking trash like CharliEbdou

  2. Trump lost. He was a traitor and criminal. All your name calling and bawling like babies won’t change that. The KKK and NRA are done. 🤗 So are the Republicans!

    1. You’re obsessed with Trump. You have a raging case of TDS. Trump has nothing to do with this. Unfortunarely the KKK will never be done as long as democrats are still around. Democrays are the crdater and biggest support of the KKK and most hate groups. Tbe NRA will be just fine. Gun ownership is at an all time high. As long as Republicans continue to recruit Trump Republicans and minorities who hate the identity politics of the left, they will be fine as well. The McConnell RINO types however are certainly done.

      1. I was a Republican. However thanks to Trump I’m now a moderate Democrat. The majority of actual patriotic Republicans made the same switch on January 6 after the trumpite insurrection.

        1. You were never a Republican. You’ve always been a psycho far left liberal democrat. There are no longer moderate democrats. The entire democrat party has becone a far left socialist party. There was no Trump insurrection. According to leftists like you, all such events are peaceful protests.

          1. Oh, granny MAGA! Are you still living down in your Rabbit Hole where you can make your own Reality? No INSURRECTION? WHAT? Where were you on January 6 when all those MAGA Appalachian Mountain rejects climbed the walls of the Capitol and desecrated the halls of Government. You must have been busy down in your Rabbit Hole drinking Tea with the Mad Hatter. Poor delusional Granny maga. You do know that there is help available for nutty folks like you, right?

          2. Learn to read Uxdiarrhea. I said that there wasn’t a TRUMP insurrection. And there wasn’t. MOST people there were peacefully protesting. There were some stupid individuals who decided to enter the Capital of their own free wheel. An act which the capital police let happen by the way. Trump asked his followers to remain peaceful, which they did. The so-called “insurrectionists” were stupid rebel rouser, many of whom were PAID TO DO IT.

  3. Hey Charlie-! Don’t let the Psycho Bunch gaslight you. They try, and try, and try everyday to push their Trump Twilight Zone conspiracies and daffy opinions on people who know better. Guess you already know who these nutsacks are. There are at least 4 or 5 of these goofballs that still post their Comic Book opinions, but a few have quit because they have run out of lies and clownish opinions.

  4. Don’t HIDE from the Truth when it inconveniences you, Granny. TRUMP was DIRECTLY responsible for that Hillbilly Takeover of the Capitol. The Dumbass Pussygrabbing Psycho, TRUMP, refused to hand over the Presidency to Mr. BIDEN and stood in his Fools Dais to rally his rag tag followers to TAKE WHAT’S THEIRS. TO FIGHT LIKE HELL! Tea anyone?

    1. Except he didn’t. He clearly, on record, stated to remain peaceful and asked those who were getting violent to go home. Facts matter, except to leftist propogandists like you and Mark Turner.

      1. Poor Gullible granny. I beg you, get help from professionals so you can see Reality and NOT what you have been fed to believe is Reality. I am really worried about your state of mind. There is Help out there, all you have to do is ask!

  5. But Seriously Folks. What’s next? Will a bunch of Trump gullible believers get on their trucks and have a Run Over a Mexican Contest? All of this Hate for Asians, Mexicans, Blacks bubbled over during Psycho Trump’s tenure. A tenure where the Pussygrabber didn’t waste a day spewing venom at minorities. No wonder his ass was kicked out of office🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

  6. But the attempted assassination of Steve Scalis is now being called a suicide by cop attempt and the looting and murders and arson last summer were peaceful. Please. Talk about dilusional. You people are pitifully stupid.

  7. Me calling you out has nothing to do with politics you f@cking hypocrite! You call a person who has passed the federal background check to carry legally you socialist’s cry about and call me “the bad guy”? You’ve admitted to carrying illegally for years you f@cking scumbag.

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