Officer Who Appeared to Ignore Puerto Rican Flag Shirt Episode Resigns

Woman harassed for wearing Puerto Rico shirt

Officer Who Didn’t Step In When Woman In Puerto Rico Shirt Was Harassed Resigns

IL woman harassed for Puerto Rico flag shirt, officer who didn't help put on desk dutyThe Cook County State's Attorney's Office said Timothy Trybus, 62, has been charged with two counts of felony hate crime.

On Wednesday, the police officer who was also at the scene resigned.

Had the hearing not gone well, Connor could have been suspended or fired.

In a statement Thursday, Forest Preserve Supt. "I think that's the reason we're here today, because he did not", according to the Chicago Tribune.

But the officer walks away.

"You're not an American", Trybus tells Irizarry. He also questions her about whether she is an American citizen. "Are you a citizen?" The man resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that. Then you should not be wearing that".

PHOTO: A then-unidenfied man, pictured, was shown harassing the woman, questioning her citizenship.

A much longer video - around 36 minutes - shows Connor taking a statement from the woman and her brother, but after additional officers arrive at the scene.

In the unedited video, Mr Connor is seen trying to reassure the victim that Mr Trybus does not pose a threat to her safety.

And anyone who has eyeballs can see how police do not handle encounters with Black and brown people the same as with whites. She asks a park police officer to help, saying: "I am renting this area, and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing".


Timothy Trybus, 62, of Des Plaines was charged with two felony counts of committing a hate crime in addition to the misdemeanour counts of assault and disorderly conduct he already faced, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office said.

Irizarry had a permit for the space, officials said, and she says in the video she was there for a birthday party. He and his wife sent flowers to Mia Irizarry with a note saying "We are proud of you".

The video even got the attention of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosello, who said he was "appalled, shocked, and disturbed by the officer's behavior".

One of his tweets said, "The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity". We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background. This is not the America we all believe in'.

"It was truly appalling, gut wrenching and a real wake up call", Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. said.

Irizarry says Puerto Rico is part of the United States and the man approaches her multiple times.

Preckwinkle called the video "completely unacceptable" and said she was "troubled" by the officer's response to the "terrible" incident.

Connor was initially placed on desk duty as the investigation got underway. The hearing scheduled for July 12, almost a month after the incident occurred, would have been the first official action taken by Cook County officials.

The officer can then be seen talking to the man who gesticulates back and tells him to "shut the f*** up". They condemned Connor's inaction to serve and especially protect the woman.

Randall, the forest preserves superintendent, said his agency has apologized to Irizarry and refunded the money she had paid for a permit to gather at a picnic table area on the day of the incident.

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