Police officer resigns ahead of hearing on Puerto Rico shirt incident

Officer resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

Officer Who Didn’t Step In When Woman In Puerto Rico Shirt Was Harassed Resigns

The Puerto Rican T-shirt controversy at a birthday celebration has resulted in the resignation of a police officer who refused to intervene as a man repeatedly harassed a young woman for wearing a shirt of the Puerto Rican flag. When the new officers arrived, they arrested Trybus on charges of misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

The fallout since the video's dissemination has been swift: The officer, Patrick Connor, who had been placed on desk duty on June 25 during an internal investigation, resigned on Wednesday amid calls for the forest preserve district to terminate his employment.

VIDEO: Man harasses woman for wearing Puerto Rico shirt in Illinois Trybus is then seen asking her if she's an American saying, "Are you a citizen?"

Puerto Rico is a US territory, and its residents are American citizens.

Irizarry said Puerto Rico is part of the United States, and the man approaches her multiple times.

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Officer Patrick Connor in the video recorded at a picnic area in Cook County, Illinois in June which later went viral. He was supposed to face a disciplinary hearing Thursday.

After the Cook County State's Attorney's Office reviewed the video, officials approved the charges against Timothy Trybus, 62, the Chicago Tribune reported. I do not feel comfortable with him here.

In the wake of the incident, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle offered the woman an apology and took the unusual step of calling Ricardo Rossello, the governor of Puerto Rico. If you were American, you wouldn't wear that.

Still the 36-minute video of the confrontation posted by Mia Irizarry, the woman targeted in the vide left many people upset.

On Twitter, he said: "We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background".

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"As you can see the police are not even - he's not even grabbing him".

"We are further addressing aspects of this incident and more information will be shared here and with the media tomorrow (July 12)".

"He's very distraught and not happy about having to leave employment much sooner than he intended, but because of the strong reaction from the public and political figures, he thought it would be unrealistic to stay as an officer". The man resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American". The woman, Mia Irizarry, is heard appealing to the officer to help restrain the man, but the officer doesn't appear to engage until almost 10 minutes later, when other officers arrive.

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.

"You shouldn't be wearing that", he said, referring to a shirt that read Puerto Rico and displayed the flag. "This is not the America we all believe in".

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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".

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