A man who was recorded haranguing a woman for wearing a Puerto Rico flag shirt at an IL park has been charged with a hate crime.
Timothy Trybus, 62-year-old visciously berated the woman and Connor stood by as Irizarry asked for help. Those charges were upgraded to hate crime charges, according to NBC News, and he was arrested again on Thursday.
When the woman complains to a Cook County Forest Preserves officer that the man is harassing her and questioning her citizenship, the officer doesn't respond.
The agency said that Officer Patrick Conner resigned late Tuesday.
The incident was condemned by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, who said he was "appalled, shocked and disturbed" by the officer's behavior.
"You should not be wearing that shirt in the United States of America".
"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.
I showed my official ID as a Member of Congress, to which the officer said, "I don't think so", indicating that she thought my ID was a fake and that I couldn't possibly be a Member of Congress.
"The 10-year veteran officer resigned late Wednesday, according to Cook County Forest Preserve District officials, rather than fight to keep his badge over the encounter that has been recorded and viewed millions of times, drawing worldwide scorn for Connor's inaction", the outlet reported.
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The Illinois Police officer who did not step in when a woman at a park was being harassed by a man because she was wearing a Puerto Rico shirt, resigned on Wednesday.
More officers arrived and arrested the man. "We are further addressing aspects of this incident", a spokesperson for the Forest Preserves of Cook County said in a statement, adding the superintendent would address the matter to the media on Thursday.
"All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves". We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.
Irizarry can be heard saying, "Can you please get away from me?"
The video also shows Irizarry ask a nearby officer, Connor, for help, but he does not appear to intervene.
Cook County Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" García had called for hate crimes charges against Trybus. "Are you a citizen?" the man can be heard saying in a video recording of the incident posted on Facebook.
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.
Quick aside and history lesson: Puerto Ricans are indeed USA citizens.