Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Cop Resigns In Puerto Rico Shirt Dispute

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 Officer resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt
Ebony Burgess | 13 July, 2018, 07:56

A police officer seen in a video "doing nothing", while a woman was being harassed by a drunk man for wearing a Puerto Rico flag shirt, has resigned. He had previously been charged with misdemeanor assault for the incident. When the woman complains to a Cook County Forest Preserves officer that the man is harassing her and questioning her citizenship, the officer doesn't respond.

Trybus is then seen asking her if she's an American saying, "Are you a citizen?"

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

Connor, the officer, took a passive approach despite the fact that Irizarry asked him politely, and several times, to try to defuse the situation.

In the video, posted to Facebook by Irizarry, he can be seen repeatedly coming towards her while shouting at her as she asks him to stop. Forest preserve officials said Officer Patrick Connor resigned late Wednesday.

Nasatir, a former Cook County prosecutor, pointed out that under IL law, Trybus might be guilty of a hate crime if any of his actions were motivated by his bias against the victim, "From the statements (Trybus) made, and the language used, it's something that certainly should be seriously looked at to see if the hate crime enhancement is appropriate", he said. "I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he didn't do anything".

The incident was condemned by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, who said he was "appalled, shocked and disturbed" by the officer's behavior. "Then you should not be wearing that".

A representative of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's office declined comment about the charges.

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

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

"You're not an American", Trybus tells Irizarry.

On Monday, Forest Preserves of Cook County, which administers the park, tweeted it was aware of the June 14 incident and video, and it had launched an investigation. Please let's just do this all together, if you see hate, stand up and speak.

Officer Patrick Conner was initially placed on leave pending an investigation.

More officers arrived and arrested the man.

Irizzary was wearing a shirt made to look like the Puerto Rico flag, with the words "Puerto Rico" written on the top. 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.

I showed my official ID as a Member of Congress, to which the officer said, "I don't think so", indicating that she thought my ID was a fake and that I couldn't possibly be a Member of Congress. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in United States presidential primaries but not in presidential elections.

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