Officer Who Appeared to Ignore Puerto Rican Flag Shirt Episode Resigns

Officer Who Appeared to Ignore Puerto Rican Flag Shirt Episode Resigns

Cook County Forest Preserves officials are promising action after a disturbing video showing a woman being harassed over her Puerto Rican flag T-shirt.

He has been charged with disorderly conduct and assault. The recording, taken by the woman involved, shows a man, identified by the police as Timothy Trybus, demanding to know why she has a Puerto Rican flag shirt on and whether the woman, Mia Irizarry, is a USA citizen.

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 citizen?"

Irizarry says 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.

You see, her birthday party at a park in Cook County, Illinois didn't turn out the way she expected.

"(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. But Conner resigned before investigators could ask him what happened during a disciplinary hearing, Pope said at a news conference Thursday.

Timothy Trybus, 62, is facing two charges of felony hate crimes, which are enhancements to the previous charge of misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct. I do not feel comfortable with him here.

In the wake of the incident, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle offered her apology to the woman and took the unusual step of calling Ricardo Rossello, the governor of Puerto Rico. 'Why are you wearing that?'

Cook County Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" García had called for such charges against Trybus a day earlier.




"That officer did absolutely nothing - he did absolutely zero", Ms Irizarry said in her 36-minute long Facebook live broadcast.

And, while most police officers would have done the right thing in that incident, this guy was caught on tape doing the wrong thing, or more accurately, doing nothing, at all. Other officers eventually arrived and arrested the man.

And anyone who has eyeballs can see how police do not handle encounters with Black and brown people the same as with whites.

Connor, a 12-year veteran with the county, was placed on desk duty and stepped down on Wednesday.

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

"We are further addressing aspects of this incident", the statement reads.

Video of the incident shows the officer nearby but not responding.

At one point in the video, Irizarry tries to move away from Trybus and walks out from under a pavilion, but he follows her as Connor appears not to approach them. "People have just as much right to be here as you and, when you're drunk, you don't belong here".

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

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