Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Police officer resigns ahead of hearing on Puerto Rico shirt incident

Police officer resigns ahead of hearing on Puerto Rico shirt incident

The police officer who appeared to stand by and do nothing as a man harassed a woman wearing a Puerto Rican T-shirt in a Chicago park has resigned.

Trybus was later charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

The video showed 62-year-old Timothy G. Trybus repeatedly approaching very near to a young woman, Mia Irizarry, who was setting up decorations for a birthday party in a pavilion she had rented from the park.

VIDEO: Man harasses woman for wearing Puerto Rico shirt in Illinois Trybus is then seen asking her if she's an American saying, "Are you a citizen? Are you a United States citizen?"

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

Connor, the officer, took a passive approach despite the fact that Irizarry asked him politely, and several times, to try to defuse the situation. The forest preserve officer seen in the background of the video and not coming to her aid resigned Wednesday.

The woman, who apparently is the one recording the encounter, can be heard talking but her face is not shown.

"After a review of the case, we approved felony hate crimes charges", said Robert Foley, spokesman for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

The anger over the incident also attracted the attention of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. If you were American, you wouldn't wear that.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle called Trybus' behavior "abusive and offensive" and said Connor should have intervened.

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"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.

"The officer should have stepped in, and he should have done something", Forest Preserves Chief of Police Kelvin Pope said at a news conference Tuesday.

'If she's an American citizen, why is she wearing that s**t?' Trybus shouts.

"As you can see the police are not even - he's not even grabbing him". About 10 minutes into the video, more police officers arrived.

Connor was initially placed on desk duty as the investigation got underway. "People have just as much right to be here as you and, when you're drunk, you don't belong here".

‏"After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer", it said, in a series of posts on Twitter.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia criticized the district for not acting more swiftly to discipline the officer.

Supt Randall said that Ms Irizarry deserved to be praised for her response amid a national trend of "racially charged, abusive incidents we're seeing throughout the country".

Irizzary was wearing a shirt made to look like the Puerto Rico flag, with the words "Puerto Rico" written on the top.

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. "This is not the America we all believe in".

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