Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Man charged with hate crime over Puerto Rican shirt incident

Man charged with hate crime over Puerto Rican shirt incident

Forest Preserves of Cook County officer Patrick Connor resigned late Wednesday while officials investigate his response to a woman who said she was being harassed for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag.

Trybus is facing a misdemeanor assault charge.

The officer has been identified as Patrick Conner of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Police Department, So an older racist yells at a young Latina because he doesn't like what she and other Puerto Ricans living in "his" community he says represent. 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 US colony of Puerto Rico.

"You should not be wearing that shirt in the United States of America".

But the video makes clear that we all have to step up to defend the United States from this tide of bullying, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia, and stand up for what America is really all about.

Irizarry says Puerto Rico is part of the United States and the man approaches her multiple times. Connor is seen walking away.

Trybus, 62, was arrested Thursday by Cook County Forest Preserve District Police and is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Skokie courthouse.

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.

The island of Puerto Rico is a USA territory. "If you're an American, you wouldn't be wearing that".

Cook County Commission President Toni Preckwinkle called Gov. Rossello and offered him her personal apology.

"That officer did absolutely nothing - he did absolutely zero", Ms Irizarry said in her 36-minute long Facebook live broadcast.

The officer can then be seen talking to the man who gesticulates back and tells him to "shut the f*** up".

Irizarry can be heard explaining to the officer the incident began when they had asked the group the man was in if they could move as they had a permit for the area. 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. "The investigation is ongoing and the officer involved has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome". The man resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that".

"You shouldn't be wearing that", he said, referring to a shirt that read Puerto Rico and displayed the flag. "People have just as much right to be here as you and, when you're drunk, you don't belong here". "This is not the America we all believe in". She had appealed to Officer Connor for help, but he appears to not respond.

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