Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

USA officer quits after harassment over Puerto Rico shirt

USA officer quits after harassment over Puerto Rico shirt

It also had "Puerto Rico" written below the neckline. "Are you a citizen?" the man can be heard saying in a video recording of the incident posted on Facebook.

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.

Mobile video shows the officer, Patrick Connor, appearing to ignore the woman's pleas that he intervene as a white man repeatedly jabs his finger at her.

A bond hearing is set for Friday in Skokie at 1:30 p.m.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office said 62-year-old Timothy Trybus was charged Thursday with two counts of felony hate crime.

"It was truly appalling, gut wrenching and a real wake up call", Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. said.

"A charge for simple assault or disorderly conduct is not sufficient", García said.

Supt Randall said that Ms Irizarry deserved to be praised for her response amid a national trend of "racially charged, abusive incidents we're seeing throughout the country". CNN has attempted to reach Trybus for comment. Arnold Randall said: "Conner was not allowed on patrol duty immediately following the incident".

He added that officials will review the mandatory diversity training that officers are required to take.

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"We don't know what was happening outside the video; we don't know what was going on inside his [Conner's] head at the time", Cummings told CNN.

Coming closer, the man says: "You're not gonna change us, you know that?" 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. "Are you a United States citizen?"

A much longer video - around 36 minutes - shows Connor taking a statement from the woman and her brother, but after additional officers arrive at the scene. "I told him I was uncomfortable multiple times. Is there anything you can do?" "Are you a United States citizen?" "Then you should not be wearing that".

A female officer asks to see his ID and can be heard telling him he's intoxicated, to which he replies: "Well, that's your judgment". She explains that Irizarry has a permit and she warns him that he could be arrested "for not being compliant". "I really do believe there are people who say to themselves, 'If Trump can do it, I can do it".

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

She says: "Officer, I'm renting, I paid for a permit for this area".

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

The video even got the attention of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosello, who said he was "appalled, shocked, and disturbed by the officer's behavior".

Almost half of Americans are unaware that Puerto Ricans are United States citizens, according to polling taken after the island was rocked by a hurricane last September.

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