IL woman harassed for Puerto Rico flag shirt, officer who didn't help put on desk dutyThe Cook County State's Attorney's Office said Timothy Trybus, 62, has been charged with two counts of felony hate crime. Trybus was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.
"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. A 62 year old man who police have identified as Timothy Tybus verbally abused and harassed Ms. Irizarry as she was wearing a shirt that depicts the flag of our USA colony of Puerto Rico.
A park police officer in Chicago has been assigned to desk duty while officials investigate his response to a woman who said she was being harassed for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag. "The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity".
During the encounter, a Cook County Forest Preserve District police officer can be seen standing by and doing nothing as Irizarry asks for help.
Later she says: "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove ... please officer" as the officer is seen walking away from her.
The officer resigned Wednesday and the investigation into the incident continues, the agency said. He was supposed to face a disciplinary hearing Thursday.
Timothy Trybus, 62, is facing two charges of felony hate crimes, which are enhancements to the previous charge of misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct. "I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he didn't do anything".
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"The officer should have stepped in, and he should have done something", Forest Preserves Chief of Police Kelvin Pope said at a news conference Tuesday.
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. The man resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American".
"I expressed my regret over the June 14 incident in the Caldwell Woods Forest Preserves and assured him that what is shown in the video does not represent our values in Cook County", Preckwinkle said in the statement. She said the group politely complied but her Puerto Rico shirt appeared to act as a trigger to the man.
At one point Irizzary's brother returns from grabbing food for the party and tries to get Trybus to leave her alone.
Mr Trybus continued to harangue Ms Irizarry for about 10 minutes before other officers arrived and arrested him.
There was also a comment at the end "Why don't you and your people go back where you came from".