A man who was recorded haranguing a woman for wearing a Puerto Rico flag shirt at an IL park has been charged with a hate crime.
Trybus, who was filmed repeatedly berating a woman for wearing a Puerto Rico T-shirt despite her pleas for him to leave her alone, was originally charged with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
The Forest Preserve District of Cook County Police Department - where Mr Connor worked for 12 years - announced that he had resigned on Wednesday.
"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America. Ok".
Irizarry says Puerto Rico is part of the United States and the man approaches her multiple times. She asks the officer for help, saying the man is making her feel uncomfortable.
You see, her birthday party at a park in Cook County, Illinois didn't turn out the way she expected. "He basically got in my face, damn near nearly touched me", Irizarry is heard saying to the camera during the incident.
Nasatir, a former Cook County prosecutor, pointed out that under IL law, Trybus might be guilty of a hate crime if any of his actions were motivated by his bias against the victim, "From the statements (Trybus) made, and the language used, it's something that certainly should be seriously looked at to see if the hate crime enhancement is appropriate", he said.
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The incident was condemned by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, who said he was "appalled, shocked and disturbed" by the officer's behavior. "If you were an American, you wouldn't be wearing that".
Rosello also called on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to take the matter "into her hands". 62-year-old Timothy Trybus can be heard saying in the video, verbally berating Mia Irizarry at Caldwell Woods. In the background, a police officer is standing outside the park pavilion.
Despite Connor's resignation, the forest preserve district says officials continue to investigate the incident.
"You're not an American", Trybus tells Irizarry.
And anyone who has eyeballs can see how police do not handle encounters with Black and brown people the same as with whites.
She said the incident went on much longer than the video showed, even after Trybus was in custody and placed in a squad auto.
At one point in the video, Irizarry tries to move away from Trybus and walks out from under a pavilion, but he follows her as Connor appears not to approach them. As Trybus continues to harass her other officers arrived and a female police officer finally steps in on behalf of Irizarry.
The Forest Preserves confirmed they launched an investigation into the response of the officer, with Connor assigned to desk duty pending the outcome. She said the group politely complied but her Puerto Rico shirt appeared to act as a trigger to the man. "People have just as much right to be here as you do, and when you're drunk you don't belong here". "This is not the America we all believe in".