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

Woman harassed for wearing Puerto Rico shirt Man who harassed woman over Puerto Rico shirt charged with hate crime
Bennie Garza | 13 July, 2018, 05:43

An Illinois man is being charged on Thursday with hate crimes after video of him verbally assaulting a woman wearing a Puerto Rico shirt went viral earlier this week.

But he said the officer considered it "an unfortunate incident" and felt he was not "given a fair shake".

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County Police Department - where Mr Connor worked for 12 years - announced that he had resigned on Wednesday.

Among other things in the 36-minute video, he tells Irizarry to not wear a T-shirt celebrating Puerto Rico if she's an American citizen - despite the territory being part of the U.S. "He resigned late today, but this isn't where our work ends". He has a bail hearing Friday afternoon in Skokie.

The Forest Preserves confirmed they launched an investigation into the response of the officer, with Connor assigned to desk duty pending the outcome. "Then you should not be wearing that".

In the unedited video, Mr Connor is seen trying to reassure the victim that Mr Trybus does not pose a threat to her safety.

"We don't know what was happening outside the video; we don't know what was going on inside his [Conner's] head at the time", Cummings told CNN.

Timothy Trybus, 62, originally faced misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charges for the incident where he angrily confronted the woman and told her she "shouldn't be wearing that" - referring to the shirt.

A second officer eventually arrives to speak to Trybus.

On Twitter, he said: "We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background".

Almost half of Americans are unaware that Puerto Ricans are United States citizens, according to polling taken after the island was rocked by a hurricane last September. The woman, Mia Irizarry, is heard appealing to the officer to help restrain the man, but the officer doesn't appear to engage until almost 10 minutes later, when other officers arrive.

Irizarry can be heard explaining to the officer 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.

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. I was new and I was dressed somewhat casually because we were just returning from a Puerto Rican celebration and my daughter was carrying a Puerto Rican flag. The island is a US commonwealth, and Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

Even Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossell├│ weighed in, saying on Twitter that he was "appalled", and that "a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere".

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