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Man who harassed woman over Puerto Rico shirt charged with hate crime

Man who harassed woman over Puerto Rico shirt charged with hate crime

An Illinois police officer has resigned after being criticized for not intervening as a man harassed a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt.

But he said the officer considered it "an unfortunate incident" and felt he was not "given a fair shake". A 62 year old man who police have identified as Timothy Tybus verbally abused and harassed Ms. Irizarry as she was wearing a shirt that depicts the flag of our US colony of Puerto Rico.

A park police officer in Chicago has been assigned to desk duty while officials investigate his response to a woman who said she was being harassed for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag.

In the statement released by the department on Wednesday, they noted that Conner's resignation "isn't where our work ends".

As for Trybus, he was released on bond and has a court appearance scheduled on August 1.

She plans to interview all officers at the scene as well as Irizarry and said the video will be used in future training exercises by the Forest Preserves.

Officer Patrick Conner was initially placed on leave pending an investigation. "You know that right?" says the man, who appears to be intoxicated. Trybus asks in the video. We are further addressing aspects of this incident and General Superintendent Arnold Randall will have more details at a media availability tomorrow morning.




"We might start with the fine example presented by Mia Irizarry and her family, who handled this ugly incident with great composure, never stooping to the level of the man who attacked her", he said in a written statement.

Trybus was later charged with assault and disorderly conduct. They also said that more officers responded and arrested Trybus when the first officer asked for assistance on the radio.

Mr Trybus continued to harangue Ms Irizarry for about 10 minutes before other officers arrived and arrested him.

Irizarry can be heard explaining to the officer that the incident began when they had asked the group the man was in if they could move as they had a permit for the area. "Are you a United States citizen?" he screamed, referring to the shirt as "un-American". "People have just as much right to be here as you do, and when you're drunk you don't belong here". While Trybus shouts at her, points at her face and follows her around part of the park, Connor can be seen standing about 20 feet away with his hands against his chest.

Ms Irizarry used her mobile phone to film the confrontation, which unfolded on 14 June as she set up a picnic for her birthday at Caldwell Woods in the Chicago suburbs.

Puerto Rico has been a United States territory since 1899.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello reacted to the video Monday on Twitter. The island is a US commonwealth, and Puerto Ricans are American citizens.


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