Illinois police officer off beat after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

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On Tuesday, the hashtag #MericaMax went viral regarding the harassment of a Chicago woman named Mia Irizarry, who was celebrating her 24th birthday in the Forest Preserves of Cook County, when a man started berating her about her shirt.

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"We don't know what was happening outside the video; we don't know what was going on inside his (Conner's) head at the time", the attorney, Tamara Cummings, said Thursday.

In the video, the man can be seen walking up to Irizarry, saying, "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", and asking her, "Are you a citizen?"

In the incident caught on video at a northwestern Chicago park last month, the woman pleads for help as a man harasses her, saying her shirt is un-American.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", the man shouts, adding, "Are you a citizen?"

The man continued to criticize her, even as more cops arrived, saying, "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that".

Irizarry told the officers Trybus "approached her and made rude comments" while she was setting up for a picnic, and then Trybus "got in her face while pointing a finger at her", according to the police report.

"Can you please step away from me?"

She asks him to leave her alone and asks for an officer's help who is nearby but he does not intervene.

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"Officer, I'm renting, I paid for a permit for this area", she adds. "My point is, why are you wearing that?" he says, pointing at her.

The man, later identified as Timothy Trybus, has been charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

The Cook County Forest Preserve District police officer, Patrick Conner, resigned Wednesday, and the investigation into the incident continues, the agency said.

The Forest Preserves wrote on Twitter on Monday that the investigation of the officer is "ongoing" and that he'd been assigned to desk duty "pending the outcome".

In the background, a police officer is standing outside the park pavilion. I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do? "Now that I see what's going on, at no time was he going to attack you, he's just a big mouth", Connor says.

"I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", Rossello tweeted.

Caldwell Woods is part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Although Puerto Ricans are USA citizens, they must register in one of the 50 states to vote in presidential elections. "I am troubled by the response of the initial officer on the scene".

A 62-year-old man appears to be in need of geography lessons after he allegedly accosted a woman for wearing a T-shirt with an image of the Puerto Rican flag in an IL park.

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

"In this case, a United States citizen questions the citizenship of another U.S. citizen and American law-enforcement just sits back and watches", he said.

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