Timothy Trybus was seen in a viral video berating a woman for wearing a T-shirt of the Puerto Rican flag, and now the 62-year-old man is facing hate crime charges for the alleged assault. He had previously be charged with misdemeanor assault for the incident.
Patrick Conner quit the police department of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, according to a statement from the department.
Mia Irizarry says she was trying to celebrate her 24th birthday in the Forest Preserves of Cook County last month when the man approached her asking her why she was wearing the sleeveless Puerto Rico flag shirt, which also had "Puerto Rico" written below the V neckline.
"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", Trybus later says in the video, moving closer to her. "Are you a United States citizen?"
'Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable, can you please grab him, please?' she asks the cop again.
But the officer, Patrick Connor, turns his back and walks towards his patrol vehicle.
At a press conference on Thursday, Superintendent Arnold Randall said Mr Connor was "very remorseful" when he resigned. "You know that right?" I've seen the video and I'm outraged that this would happen anywhere, let alone and especially sad that it happened in our forest preserve system.
"The world is not going to change the United States of America".
The officer was put on desk duty while officials investigated.
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On Twitter, he said: "We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background".
This week, video hit the internet that showed Trybus aggressively pestering a woman at park pavilion outside Chicago, sparking immediate outrage. "I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he didn't do anything. Our officers made the arrest today and we will continue to support the prosecution of this matter".
A female officer asks to see his ID and can be heard telling him that he's intoxicated, to which he replies, "Well that's your judgment".
PHOTO: A then-unidenfied man, pictured, was shown harassing the woman, questioning her citizenship.
And sadly, the same fear and "otherness" is extended to other people, the handicapped, gay and lesbian and transgender Americans, immigrants, Muslims, people of color the list just goes on.
The female officer then speaks with Irizarry who gives her version of the incident and the officer explains that they were called to the area after a report that a man was choking a woman.
"You shouldn't be wearing that", he said, referring to a shirt that read Puerto Rico and displayed the flag.
22 years after that incident, we are still seeing the same kind of bigotry, the same kind of misunderstanding about Latinos and who Puerto Ricans are, and the same fear that we are outsiders who don't belong here.
Almost half of Americans are unaware that Puerto Ricans are United States citizens, according to polling taken after the island was rocked by a hurricane last September.