U.S. officer quits after harassment over Puerto Rico shirt

Officer resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

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

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Illinois, spoke on the House floor Thursday about the woman who was harassed for wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt in Caldwell Woods last month. A 62 year old man who police have identified as Timothy Tybus verbally abused and harassed Ms. Irizarry as she was wearing a shirt that depicts the flag of our US colony of Puerto Rico.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the Cook County state attorney's office announced Timothy Trybus was charged with two counts of a felony hate crime, which add to the charges of misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct he was already facing. The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

Trybus is scheduled for his first court appearance August 1, the Cook County Circuit Court said. "You should be wearing United States of America flag", he said. "I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he didn't do anything".

The video shows the officer appearing not to move any closer to the pair or do anything to actively end the situation.

For several minutes the man berates Irizarry and at one point stands a few inches from her.

Rosello also called on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to take the matter "into her hands".

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", Trybus said in a video that Irizarry posted on Facebook.

The Forest Preserves confirmed they launched an investigation into the response of the officer, with Connor assigned to desk duty pending the outcome. "At the same time, this video will help inform ongoing officer training so we can all learn from this unfortunate episode". In the background, a police officer is standing outside the park pavilion.

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The agency said that Officer Patrick Conner resigned late Tuesday. "Is there anything you can do?" she said.

A second officer eventually arrives to speak to Trybus.

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.

"OK, OK", Ms Irizarry says, trying to placate him.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló was among those who condemned the video.

Quick aside and history lesson: Puerto Ricans are indeed USA citizens.

'We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.

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