Man charged with hate crime over Puerto Rican shirt incident, officer resigns

A Chicago man is accused of harassing a woman wearing a shirt of the Puerto Rican flag in a Cook County Forest Preserve after a viral video showed the confrontation. A forest preserve police officer is seen only in the background of a video above of

A Chicago man is accused of harassing a woman wearing a shirt of the Puerto Rican flag in a Cook County Forest Preserve after a viral video showed the confrontation. A forest preserve police officer is seen only in the background of a video above of

A woman shown on a video being confronted by a man because she was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag said Friday that the only action a park officer took to defuse the situation was to tell her cousin who'd stepped in to protect her to calm down.

The incident made national headlines this week after a video on social media showed Trybus approaching a woman, identified as Mia Irizarry, as she stood near a picnic grove in Caldwell Woods, a recreational area in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, a green belt that surrounds Chicago.

"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 global scorn for Connor's inaction", the outlet reported.

As Trybus continues to harass her other officers arrived and a female police officer finally steps in on behalf of Irizarry.

Officer Patrick Connor, 56 and a 10-year veteran of the force, resigned late Wednesday, July 11, the day before he was to explain the incident at an Internal Affairs disciplinary hearing, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Timothy Trybus, 62, of Des Plaines now is charged with two felony counts of committing a hate crime in addition to misdemeanor counts of assault and disorderly conduct he already faced. The felony hate crime charges are enhancements on the charges of misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct he was originally charged with after the incident.

Timothy G.Trybus repeatedly walked away and returned to heap more abuse on Mia Irizarry.

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Gov. Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico responded to the incident on Twitter. "Are you a citizen of the United States", Trybus is heard asking. She never called police herself. "Are you a United States citizen?" he screamed, referring to the shirt as "un-American". "Then you should not be wearing that".

In the video, Connor can be seen walking away.

The incident had drawn an immediate backlash, with a number of local politicians and some from Puerto Rico condemning the attack.

"I wonder where they get such an idea?"

The Forest Preserves issued its own apology for what happened.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia criticized the district for not acting more swiftly to discipline the officer.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, police may add "hate crime" to those charges.

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