Police officer resigns ahead of hearing on Puerto Rico shirt incident

Police officer resigns ahead of hearing on Puerto Rico shirt incident

An Illinois man captured on a viral cell phone video harassing a woman for wearing a shirt that featured the Puerto Rican flag has been charged with a felony hate crime, the Chicago Tribune reported.

But he said the officer considered it "an unfortunate incident" and felt he was not "given a fair shake".

"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.

In the statement released by the department on Wednesday, they noted that Conner's resignation "isn't where our work ends". He has a bail hearing Friday afternoon in Skokie.

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

PHOTO: The first officer on the scene did not appear to intervene and has since been placed on desk duty. The man resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that".

"Are you a citizen?" he's also heard saying.

"It's up to each and every one of us to present a better model to demonstrate, with our own actions, how to treat each other with more respect", he told reporters Thursday.

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.


The video shows Trybus continuing to confront Irizarry and her friends for about 10 minutes before additional police officers arrive and eventually arrest him.

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. "Are you a United States citizen?" he screamed, referring to the shirt as "un-American".

"OK, OK", Ms Irizarry says, trying to placate him.

"I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", Rosselló tweeted.

"And when you're drunk, you don't belong here", the officer tells Trybus. We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.

Video of the incident shows the officer nearby but not responding.

The flag of Puerto Rico flies outside the island's Capitol building in San Juan, July 29, 2015. The island is a USA commonwealth, and Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

In the wake of the incident, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle offered her apology to the woman and took the unusual step of calling Ricardo Rossello, the governor of Puerto Rico.

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