An Illinois man captured on a viral cell phone video harassing a woman for wearing a shirt that featured the Puerto Rican flag has been charged with a felony hate crime, the Chicago Tribune reported. She said it took two hours before officers arrested Trybus for disorderly conduct.
The Forest Preserves of Cook County said in a statement late Wednesday that the officer, later identified as Patrick Connor, "no longer serves in the police department", adding that he had resigned earlier that day.
The video posted to social media shows 62-year-old Timothy Trybus confronting Mia Irizarry on June 14 as she was setting up a birthday party in a reserved gazebo in Caldwell Woods on the Northwest Side.
In the video, Trybus could be seen telling the woman that she should not be wearing the T-shirt in the United States, despite her attempting to explain that Puerto Rico is a USA territory. "The world is not going to change the United State of America".
Irizarry informs her accuser that Puerto Rico is part of the United States.
"Officer, officer, I feel highly uncomfortable", Irizarry tells Connor, who does not appear to respond to her as he is addressed, and can be seen turning his back and walking toward his police auto.
In the video, Connor can be seen walking away.
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'You're not going to change us, you know that, ' Trybus tells her in the clip.
The Forest Preserves issued its own apology for what happened.
'The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity, ' Rosello continued in a separate tweet.
Connor was relegated to desk duty more than a week after the incident occurred.
"I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do?"
A police officer who failed to step in has also resigned amid backlash.
Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia criticized the district for not acting more swiftly to discipline the officer.
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Tamara Cummings, general counsel for the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council said about the deplorable incident: "The video does not look good, but anybody who is a football fan knows that the video does not tell the whole story".
Irizarry called to Connor, "Officer can you ..."
More officers then arrive at the scene and a female cop sits Trybus down and threatens to charge him.
But it's critical for us to also agree that words and thoughts being expressed by people in America right now, people with voices that reach millions, can contribute to such despicable actions.
The female officer then speaks with Irizarry who gives her version of the incident and the officer explains that they were called to the area after a report that a man was choking a woman.
The incident had drawn an immediate backlash, with a number of local politicians and some from Puerto Rico condemning the attack. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in USA presidential primaries but not in presidential elections.
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