Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Man charged with hate crime over Puerto Rican shirt incident

Man charged with hate crime over Puerto Rican shirt incident

The Chicago man shown in a viral video berating a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag T-shirt has been charged with a felony hate crime.

Timothy Trybus, 62, was previously charged with disorderly conduct and assault.

The Forest Preserves of Cook County confirmed that Officer Patrick Connor no longer works for the department following an incident filmed on June 14, which went viral almost a month later.

Mia Irizarry complained that a man at Caldwell Woods was questioning her citizenship and telling her she shouldn't be wearing the shirt, although Puerto Rico is a us commonwealth.

Puerto Rico is a US territory and its residents are USA citizens, yet Trybus, who is white, told Irizarry that "if you're an American citizen, you should not be wearing that".

Puerto Rico is a USA territory, and its residents are American citizens.

Irizarry can be heard saying that Puerto Rico is part of the United States and the man approaches her multiple times.

"Officer, officer, I feel highly uncomfortable", Irizarry tells Connor, who does not appear to respond to her as he is addressed, and can be seen turning his back and walking toward his police auto.

Irizzary was seen asking nearby Cook County Forest Preserve Officer, Patrick Connor (right) for help, but he ignored her pleas and allowed Trybus to continue verbally abusing her.

At a press conference on Thursday, Superintendent Arnold Randall said Mr Connor was "very remorseful" when he resigned.

The woman, who apparently is the one recording the encounter, can be heard talking but her face is not shown.

The flag of Puerto Rico flies outside the island's Capitol building in San Juan, July 29, 2015. "If you're an American, you wouldn't be wearing that".

A representative of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's office declined comment about the charges.

"That officer did absolutely nothing - he did absolutely zero", Irizarry said in the video, which was streamed from her Facebook profile on June 14, but gained a wider audience this week.

The female officer then interviewed Irizzary, who told her that the first officer on the scene stood "watching the whole thing happen". "The investigation is ongoing and the officer involved has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome".

"But that isn't where our work ends", they said in a statement, adding: "We are further addressing aspects of this incident".

'If she's an American citizen, why is she wearing that s**t?' Trybus shouts.

A second officer eventually arrives to speak to Trybus. "People have just as much right to be here as you do, and when you're drunk you don't belong here".

"You shouldn't be wearing that", he said, referring to a shirt that read Puerto Rico and displayed the flag.

At one point Irizzary's brother returns from grabbing food for the party and tries to get Trybus to leave her alone. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in U.S. presidential primaries but not in presidential elections.

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