- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 10, 2015

A California state worker is being investigated for a possible hate crime after she was caught on video berating two Muslim men praying in a park.

Denise Slader, a Department of Corrections employee of 10 years, clashed with the men of Middle Eastern descent as they were praying near the entrance to Lake Chabot Regional Park about 3 p.m. Sunday, said Carolyn Jones, a spokeswoman for the park district, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“But the people you tortured are going to be in eternity in Heaven. You are very deceived by Satan,” Ms. Slader says to the men in the video. “Your mind has been taken over, brainwashed, and you have nothing but hate.”

A park ranger tried to diffuse the situation. When another man began shooting video of Ms. Slader, she hit him with the umbrella she was holding and then threw coffee on him, officials said.

The video was captured and posted on Facebook by Rasheed Albeshari. It’s been viewed more than 140,000 times.

Mr. Albeshari said her conduct is a clear case of Islamophobia.

“This lady came from nowhere, she was yelling Allah is Satan. The Quran is evil. You guys are bunch of brainwashed murderers,” he said.

Ms. Slader, who was not arrested after the incident, is under investigation by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for allegedly committing a hate crime and battery, a local CBS News affiliate reported.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation also said it has launched an internal investigation.

“All employees are afforded due process,” it said in a statement. “At this time there is no change in [Ms. Slader’s] status. CDCR expects its employees to abide by a code of conduct that includes respecting the rights of others regardless of personal characteristics including ancestry and religion. In addition to the police investigation, an internal CDCR investigation into the incident is ongoing.”

Reached Wednesday, Ms. Slader reiterated what she said in the video, The Associated Press reported.

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