Man charged with hate crime over Puerto Rican shirt incident

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

Police officer resigns ahead of hearing on Puerto Rico shirt incident

Had the hearing not gone well, Connor could have been suspended or fired. "We can not allow that ugly rhetoric to be the norm in Cook County".

But the officer walks away.

The episode took place last month in Caldwell Woods, a park in northern Chicago.

Irizarry, who was at the park with friends for a birthday party, can be heard on the video telling Trybus that she is indeed an American citizen.

"You're not an American", Trybus tells Irizarry.

"You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that". He gets closer to her and asks "Are you a citizen? You should be wearing United States of America flag", he said. "Then you should not be wearing that".

There was also a comment at the end "Why don't you and your people go back where you came from". "I am renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing".

On the video, Connor tells Irizarry he didn't think she was in danger. Trybus asks in the video.

"I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do?" "Can you please grab him?"

The video also shows Irizarry ask a nearby officer, Connor, for help, but he does not appear to intervene.

Finally an uninvolved bystander, who had been watching the scene unfold, called for more police.

Timothy Trybus, 62, is facing two charges of felony hate crimes, which are enhancements to the previous charge of misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct.

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The video, posted on Facebook, has been viewed millions of times.

The video had angered public officials in the state of IL, as well as the governor of Puerto Rico.

The incident had drawn an immediate backlash, with a number of local politicians and some from Puerto Rico condemning the attack.

"(Conner's) personnel file will reflect that this officer did not resign in good standing, with a note indicating that he left the district with discipline pending", the park agency's general superintendent, Arnold Randall, said. This is not the America we all believe in'. Her friends can be heard telling him that Puerto Rico is part of the United States.

"Officer, I'm renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt I'm wearing, ' Irizzary then tells the cop, who had already been called to the scene to investigate Trybus" intoxicated behavior.

She said the incident went on much longer than the video showed, even after Trybus was in custody and placed in a squad auto. The officer, identified by authorities as Patrick Connor, resigned Wednesday night.

Meanwhile an investigation into the incident continues despite the officer's resignation. 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. "Our officers made the arrest today and we will continue to support the prosecution of this matter". They condemned Connor's inaction to serve and especially protect the woman.

"All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves", the district said on its official account. Cook County Government must not only "review the types of training that officers and staff in all departments receive but how they are implemented and held accountable".

Garcia further called for the incident to be treated as a hate crime.

Trybus was later arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct. Congressman Luis Gutierrez commended the state's attorney for leveling hate crime charges and said he worries that people feel emboldened to attack minorities because they have seen Donald Trump do the same with no repercussions.

Nasatir, a former Cook County prosecutor, pointed out that under IL law, Trybus might be guilty of a hate crime if any of his actions were motivated by his bias against the victim, "From the statements (Trybus) made, and the language used, it's something that certainly should be seriously looked at to see if the hate crime enhancement is appropriate", he said.

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