Officer resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

Officer resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

The man seen in a viral video harassing a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt has been charged with a hate crime.

He has been charged with disorderly conduct and assault.

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County Police Department - where Mr Connor worked for 12 years - announced that he had resigned on Wednesday.

Victim Mia Irizzary posted a Facebook Live video of Trybus, who was apparently drunk, who aggressively got in her face and yelled 'Why is she wearing that s**t?' and asking 'Are you a citizen?'

He added: "The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity".

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

During the encounter, a Cook County Forest Preserve District police officer can be seen standing by and doing nothing as Irizarry asks for help.

Officer Connor was set to have a disciplinary hearing Thursday, but resigned Wednesday night instead.

Mobile video shows the officer, Patrick Connor, appearing to ignore the woman's pleas that he intervene as a white man repeatedly jabs his finger at her.

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.

The incident was condemned by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, who said he was "appalled, shocked and disturbed" by the officer's behavior. If you were American, you wouldn't wear that.

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

"That officer did absolutely nothing - he did absolutely zero", Irizarry said in the video, which was streamed from her Facebook profile on June 14, but gained a wider audience this week.

And, while most police officers would have done the right thing in that incident, this guy was caught on tape doing the wrong thing, or more accurately, doing nothing, at all.

"As you can see the police are not even - he's not even grabbing him". More officers eventually arrived and arrested the man.

"You're not an American", Trybus screamed at Irizarry.

On Monday, Forest Preserves of Cook County, which administers the park, tweeted that it was aware of the incident and video, and that it had launched an investigation. She also spoke at a press conference, saying, "The incident in June is completely unacceptable".

The female officer then speaks with Irizarry, who gives her version of the incident, and the officer explains they were called to the area after a report a man was choking a woman.

The officer was put on desk duty while officials investigated.

"You shouldn't be wearing that", he said, referring to a shirt that read Puerto Rico and displayed the flag.

'People have just as much right to be here as you do, ' she can be heard telling him in the clip. "This is not the America we all believe in".

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