Man who harassed woman over Puerto Rico shirt charged with hate crime

Officer resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

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

Officer Patrick Connor, a10-year veteran, was scheduled to explain to his superiors today why he did nothing as a woman was berated by a belligerent man who was allegedly drunk, and cursed the woman for wearing the shirt, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Trybus, who was filmed repeatedly berating a woman for wearing a Puerto Rico T-shirt despite her pleas for him to leave her alone, was originally charged with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

In the incident caught on video last month at a northwestern Chicago park, the woman pleads for help as the man harasses her, saying her shirt is un-American.

The woman complained that a man at Caldwell Woods in the Cook County Forest Preserves was questioning her citizenship and telling her she shouldn't be wearing the shirt.

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

"The 10-year veteran officer resigned late Wednesday, according to Cook County Forest Preserve District officials, rather than fight to keep his badge over the encounter that has been recorded and viewed millions of times, drawing global scorn for Connor's inaction", the outlet reported.

"Officer, I feel highly threatened", she says, as Mr Connor turns his back and walks towards his patrol auto.

But the officer, Patrick Connor, turns his back and walks towards his patrol auto.

The woman, who apparently is the one recording the encounter, can be heard talking but her face is not shown.

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

More officers arrived and arrested the man. The man resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American". "The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity".

"The officer should have stepped in, and he should have done something", Forest Preserves Chief of Police Kelvin Pope said at a news conference Tuesday.

'You're not going to change us, you know that, ' Trybus tells her in the clip. Meanwhile an investigation into the incident continues despite the officer's resignation.

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

Eventually the first officer on the scene takes notes of Irizarry's account of the incident and says that he was at the scene due to the separate incident, noting that she was not being attacked though acknowledging she felt threatened. We are further addressing aspects of this incident and General Superintendent Arnold Randall will have more details at a media availability tomorrow morning.

Puerto Rico is a United States commonwealth with its own constitution.

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

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