Cop Resigns In Puerto Rico Shirt Dispute

Frederick Owens
July 13, 2018

A U.S. police officer has quit amid an inquiry into his response to a woman who was racially harassed while wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt. An officer is seen in the background, but doesn't appear to intervene when the situation escalates.

He was first charged with the misdemeanor after he was caught on camera accosting Mia Irizarry at a Cooks County Forest Preserve picnic area in June.

The video shows him approaching her, asking why she is wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt with the words "Puerto Rico" written below the neckline.

"But that isn't where our work ends", they said in a statement, adding: "We are further addressing aspects of this incident". He has a bail hearing Friday afternoon in Skokie.

She said the incident went on much longer than the video showed, even after Trybus was in custody and placed in a squad auto.

Connor was relegated to desk duty more than a week after the incident occurred.

Irizzary then tries to plead with policeman again, saying: 'Officer, I paid for a permit for this area, I do not feel comfortable here, is there anything you can do?'

PHOTO: A then-unidenfied man, pictured, was shown harassing the woman, questioning her citizenship. As of Thursday morning, the video had be seen 1.5 million times.

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.

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Earlier this week, the parks department confirmed that Trybus was charged with simple assault and that the investigation into the incident was ongoing.

But the officer continues to do nothing or even move closer to Irizzary as the man continues to approach her. About 10 minutes into the video, more police officers arrived.

It's not clear when the investigation into the officer's response will be completed.

The man, who was later identified as Timothy Trybus, 62, faces two counts of felony hate crime.

And anyone who has eyeballs can see how police do not handle encounters with Black and brown people the same as with whites. "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 and, when you're drunk, you don't belong here". Officer Connor's actions came under intense fire based on the video.

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

Puerto Rico is a USA commonwealth with its own constitution rather than a state.

The incident was condemned by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, who said he was "appalled, shocked and disturbed" by the officer's behavior. The island is a USA commonwealth, and Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

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