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Woman who attacked Muslims is charged with hate crime

Denise Slader, who police say insulted a group of Muslim men praying in a California park on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, when she allegedly also threw coffee and used an umbrella to strike one of them. She was charged with two misdemeanors on Thursday, December 12, 2015, including one hate crime.

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CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- A woman has been charged with committing a hate crime following a confrontation caught on video involving a group of Muslims in an East Bay park earlier this month, CBS San Francisco reports.

The Alameda County DA announced Thursday that Denise Slader has been charged with a misdemeanor violation of civil rights, considered a hate crime, for the December 6th incident at Lake Chabot Regional Park near Castro Valley. Sadler has also been charged with misdemeanor battery.

According to authorities, Slader confronted Rasheed Albeshari and his friends while they were praying, during one of their weekly meetings which include volleyball games. The group said Slader insulted their faith and accused them of being terrorists.

"She was yelling, 'Allah is Satan!' 'The Koran is evil!' and 'You are a bunch of brainwashed murderers!'" Albeshari told KPIX 5 in an interview last week.

Video of the confrontation posted to Facebook shows a park ranger confronting Sadler about her "inappropriate" remarks. She told the ranger, "It is inappropriate -- you're right -- for someone to tape record me."

Albeshari then said, "This lady is talking about my God." Slader is then seen approaching the camera and apparently hit Albeshari with an umbrella and threw her coffee at him.

Authorities said Slader is an employee of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Slader is scheduled to appear in court on January 7, 2016 on the charges.