Man Who Berated Woman In Puerto Rico Shirt Charged With Hate Crime

A Chicago man is accused of harassing a woman wearing a shirt of the Puerto Rican flag in a Cook County Forest Preserve after a viral video showed the confrontation. A forest preserve police officer is seen only in the background of a video above of

The Cook County Forest Preserve District police officer, Patrick Conner, resigned Wednesday, and the investigation into the incident continues, the agency said.

"But that isn't where our work ends", they said in a statement, adding: "We are further addressing aspects of this incident".

The woman, identified as Mia Irizarry, recorded incident on her cell phone at Caldwell Woods in June. "He basically got in my face, damn near nearly touched me", Irizarry is heard saying to the camera during the incident.

The video showed 62-year-old Timothy G. Trybus repeatedly approaching very near to a young woman, Mia Irizarry, who was setting up decorations for a birthday party in a pavilion she had rented from the park.

In the footage, a man can be seen approaching Irizarry saying: "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America".

Irizarry said Puerto Rico is part of the United States, and the man approaches her multiple times. She said she was thankful officials recognized the behavior of the officer was wrong.

"Officer, officer, I feel highly uncomfortable", Irizarry tells Connor, who does not appear to respond to her as he is addressed, and can be seen turning his back and walking toward his police vehicle. Trybus was arrested and charged with two counts of felony hate crime, an upgrade of the initial charges against him, which were misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

The female officer then interviews Irizzary, who tells her that the first officer on the scene stood "watching the whole thing happen".

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"A charge for simple assault or disorderly conduct is not sufficient, this incident must be investigated and charged as a hate crime", he posted. "I really do believe there are people who say to themselves, 'If Trump can do it, I can do it".

More officers arrived and arrested the man.

At a press conference on Thursday, Superintendent Arnold Randall said Mr Connor was "very remorseful" when he resigned.

The Forest Preserves confirmed they launched an investigation into the response of the officer, with Connor assigned to desk duty pending the outcome. Many had called on the police department to fire Conner, who was seen in the background of the video, but failed to step in to help the woman. "The world is not going to change the United States of America, period", he continued. "We should be able to depend on a police officer to control the situation".

But it's critical for us to also agree that words and thoughts being expressed by people in America right now, people with voices that reach millions, can contribute to such despicable actions.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico responded to the incident on Twitter.

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

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".

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