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Driver accused of meeting pedestrians in Northern California is being charged with hate crimes



Two allegations of hate crimes are being added to the eight assassinations that have already been launched against the 34-year-old Isaiah's population, the Santa Clara District Procuratorate said. The indictment will be officially filed on Thursday.

The peoples are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday afternoon in San Jose.

"Prejudices are not harmless," said district attorney Jeff Rosen. "Someone's child is in critical condition today because someone ignores it and hates it, so today we stand with her and her family and all our Muslim and Indian neighbors."

A 13-year-old was injured among eight people at a stop last month in Sunnyvale, about 9 miles west of San Jose. The girl's father and brother were also injured, police said.

Defender Chuck Smith did not file a plea during a hearing last month and instead asked a judge to postpone his indictment.

"In any case, we deny that this was a deliberate act and it is a mental disorder," he said, adding that his client is a religious man who prays for those who have been hurt.

An Army veteran who did contract work for the US Department of Defense, Peoples is accused of driving his Toyota Corolla into the crowd at a major intersection in the city of 1

40,000 on the evening of April 23. He was on his way to a Bible study group, the investigators said.

The resident of Sunnyvale crashed his car at the scene and was taken into custody, police said. The injured were between 9 and 52 years old. The people showed no remorse, police said.
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The police originally said that the peoples believed that their victims were Muslims.

"Hate crimes allegations can be filed when a defendant attacks a person or group for their disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation," prosecutors said.

Deputy Attorney General Jay Boyarsky said last month when Rose's office investigated the matter and considered hate crimes that the peoples attacked one or two of the pedestrians because of his perception of their race or religion.

If convicted, people face a maximum sentence in prison.

Stella Chan and Nicole Chavez of CNN contributed to this report.


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