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Police officer resigns ahead of hearing on Puerto Rico shirt incident

14 July, 2018, 05:31 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • A Chicago man is accused of harassing a woman wearing a shirt of the Puerto Rican flag in a Cook County Forest Preserve after a viral video showed the confrontation. A forest preserve police officer is seen only in the background of a video above of

In this time of widespread disagreement, I hope we can all agree that the actions of Timothy Trybus, the Chicago man seen worldwide in a viral video harassing and screaming at a woman wearing a Puerto Rican flag T-shirt, were hateful.

The viral video clip shows Mia Irizarry, 24, setting up her picnic when a white man approaches and demands to know why she is wearing her shirt, which had "Puerto Rico" written on it. The felony hate crime charges are enhancements on the charges of misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct he was originally charged with after the incident.

Trybus was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct, according to the Forest Preserves. on.

It was not clear if Trybus had an attorney and a home phone number for him could not be immediately found. Trybus is scheduled to appear in court on a bond hearing on Friday, Simonton said.

Forest preserve officials said Officer Patrick Connor resigned late Wednesday. "The world is not going to change the United State of America".

Irizzary then begins to talk to her Facebook Live viewers, saying: 'As you can see the police are not even, he's not even grabbing him'.

Irizarry asked why Connor would tell her brother to get back while allowing the aggressive outsider to continue to approach Irizarry and insult her.

One of the other responding officers tells Trybus that he can't be harassing people, adding that people have just as much right to be in the park as he does. The man resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American".

More officers then arrive at the scene and a female cop sits Trybus down and threatens to charge him.

The incident was condemned by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, who said he was "appalled, shocked and disturbed" by the officer's behavior.

Later, she says: "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove... please, officer" as the officer is seen walking away from her.

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.

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

The preserve district police chief, Kelvin Pope, said he didn't know why Conner apparently didn't step in initially. We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.

She says: "Officer, I'm renting, I paid for a permit for this area".

Authorities said an investigation was launched the same day the incident in the park occurred. This is not the America we all believe in'.

Connor was put on desk duty immediately after the incident, but nothing more was done for nearly a month. I've seen the video and I'm outraged that this would happen anywhere, let alone and especially sad that it happened in our forest preserve system. I am troubled by the initial response by the officer who was on the scene.

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