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Cop Resigns In Puerto Rico Shirt Dispute

Cop Resigns In Puerto Rico Shirt Dispute

A USA police officer has quit amid an inquiry into his response to a woman who was racially harassed while wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt. 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.

"After a review of the case, we approved felony hate crimes charges", said Robert Foley, spokesman for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, as reported by the Tribune.

Foley said Timothy Trybus faces two counts of felony hate crime, which are enhancements on the charges of misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct he was previously charged with.

As for Trybus, he was released on bond and has a court appearance scheduled on August 1.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", Trybus later says in the video, moving closer to her.

"I have full faith in our system and the process and the investigation that is going underway", Arroyo said. "I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he didn't do anything".

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

At one point Irizzary's brother returns from grabbing food for the party and tries to get Trybus to leave her alone.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle called Trybus' behavior "abusive and offensive" and said Connor should have intervened.

"You should not be wearing that shirt in the United States of America". Connor was relegated to desk duty more than a week after the incident occurred.

Besides the man's actions and comments, it was the apparent inaction of a forest preserve police officer, seen in the background, that elicited heavy criticism.

She plans to interview all officers at the scene as well as Irizarry and said the video will be used in future training exercises by the Forest Preserves. The footage showed the officer seemingly ignoring the woman's requests for his help as she explains that the man is harassing her and that she has a permit to be in the public space.

"OK, OK", Ms Irizarry says, trying to placate him.

One of the other responding officers tells Trybus that he can't be harassing people, adding that people have just as much right to be in the park as he does.

Quick aside and history lesson: Puerto Ricans are indeed US citizens.

Puerto Rico has been a USA territory since 1899. This is not the America we all believe in'.


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