Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Man faces hate crime charges over racist Puerto Rico shirt rant

Man faces hate crime charges over racist Puerto Rico shirt rant

An Illinois police officer has resigned after being criticized for not intervening as a man harassed a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt.

Officer Patrick Connor, a 12-year veteran with the Forest Preserves of Cook County, was initially placed on desk duty after cellphone footage showed him allowing Mia Irizzary to be verbally abused. Timothy Trybus, 62, was eventually arrested and charged with a misdemeanor, but prosecutors are considering hate crime charges. She said it took two hours before officers arrested Trybus for disorderly conduct.

Trybus has a bail hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday in Skokie.

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

'We will be looking into this incident as our offices in DC are in contact with local and state authorities, demanding that this officer be expelled from the police force, ' Rosello tweeted on Tuesday. She posted the video to Facebook. Irizarry can be heard asking a park police officer for help, and telling him that she is uncomfortable.

Irizarry called to Connor, "Officer can you ... The world is not going to change the United States of America, period", he continued. "Can you please grab him?" As Trybus continues to harass her other officers arrived and a female police officer finally steps in on behalf of Irizarry.

When the video started gaining media attention earlier this week, politicians including Puerto Rico's governor and Cook County politicians weighed in.

That's a central fear among white nationalists, the alt-right, racists or whatever you want to call them: Immigrants are coming to America and fundamentally changing the country, moving it away from what they believe are its white, European roots.

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She said the incident went on much longer than the video showed, even after Trybus was in custody and placed in a squad vehicle.

"And when you're drunk, you don't belong here", the officer tells Trybus.

Rosello also called on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to take the matter "into her hands".

Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. weighed in on July 11, saying Connor should be fired.

Garcia posted a statement in which he said, "The Puerto Rican community deserves an apology and the young woman deserves justice from the Cook County Forest Preserve and the Cook County Justice System". "We can not allow that ugly rhetoric to be the norm in Cook County".

"(Conner's) personnel file will reflect that this officer did not resign in good standing, with a note indicating that he left the district with discipline pending", the park agency's general superintendent, Arnold Randall, said.

It's not clear when the investigation into the officer's response will be completed.

Meanwhile an investigation into the incident continues despite the officer's resignation.

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