Man charged with hate crime over Puerto Rican shirt incident

Man charged with hate crime over Puerto Rican shirt incident

Man charged with hate crime over Puerto Rican shirt incident

She plans to interview all officers at the scene as well as Irizarry and said the video will be used in future training exercises by the Forest Preserves.

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

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

Irizarry said she was celebrating her 24th birthday at Caldwell Woods park when the man approached her and asked her why she was wearing the sleeveless Puerto Rico flag shirt.

Trybus later told her "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America".

Puerto Rico is a USA territory and its residents are US citizens, yet Trybus, who is white, told Irizarry that "if you're an American citizen, you should not be wearing that". Irizarry can be heard asking the park police officer, identified as Connor, for help, and telling him she is uncomfortable.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", the man, identified as 62-year-old Timothy Trybus shouts.

Trybus was later arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

PHOTO: A then-unidenfied man, pictured, was shown harassing the woman, questioning her citizenship.

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And, while most police officers would have done the right thing in that incident, this guy was caught on tape doing the wrong thing, or more accurately, doing nothing, at all.

Connor, who has been with the force since 2006, was scheduled for a disciplinary hearing Thursday. These angry outbursts and attacks do not represent our values here at the Forest Preserve system and in Cook County, and are not representing who we are as a country.

Prior to his resignation, Conner had been placed on desk duty in the wake of the June 14 harassment incident. The man resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that".

It's not clear when the investigation into the officer's response will be completed. 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. We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.

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".

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.

The anger over the incident also attracted the attention of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. This is not the America we all believe in'.

This week, video hit the internet that showed Trybus aggressively pestering a woman at park pavilion outside Chicago, sparking immediate outrage.

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