Illinois cop off beat after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt


Not long after arriving, a middle-aged white man approached her and began to harass her about her shirt - a red, white and blue tank top designed like the Puerto Rican flag.

The threatening man, who was clearly clueless that Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, harangued the woman as a park police officer nearby did nothing - even though the woman repeatedly asked him for help. It nonetheless spread around social media, being viewed nearly 2.5 million times just through a version produced by social news outlet NowThis.

The officer in the video, whose name has not been released, has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation. "I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", he said.

The governor demanded that the officer be expelled from the police force.

Later in the video, Irizarry comments about the male officer, saying he "did absolutely nothing".

The Forest Preserves of Cook County announced on Twitter that Officer Patrick Connor resigned late Wednesday.

Puerto Rico is a USA territory and residents of Puerto Rico are US citizens, but they can't vote in presidential elections and have no voting representation in Congress.

The officer continued to abuse Irizzary in the video, despite the woman making it clear that she was feeling uncomfortable and violated. He also said, "You're not going to change us".

The man again approaches Irizarry in a threatening manner while she begs him to stay away. As she asks him to get out of her personal space, he continues to berate her.

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"Officer, can you - I'm renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing", Irizarry says.

"As you can see, the police are not even - he's not even grabbing him", Irizarry said. "Is there anything you can do?"

Irizzary had paid for a permit to hold a birthday party at Caldwell Woods when the man - who has been identified as Timothy Trybus - first approached her.

Later, more police arrive and Irizarry says she still doesn't feel safe.

"Yes I am", Irizarry replied.

"You don't come here harassing people", the officer continues.

Connor explains to Irizarry that he was initially called to the scene for an unrelated incident between a different couple.

"If you're drunk, you don't belong here", she is heard telling the man. "This guy's just walking up to me, he basically got in my face, damn near nearly touched me". "You know that right?"

Irizarry gives a statement to the police officer, Connor, who had stood by earlier.

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And, adding a bit of customer relations to help make things right, the county gave Irizarry zoo passes to the Brookfield Zoo, which is owned by the Cook County Forest Preserve District.

"And I will not accept anything else but this officer's termination", Arroyo said.

"There's a culture of bigotry & hate that's been condoned in USA, which now feels unleashed to express itself in the most ugly & aggressive ways", Gutiérrez tweeted.

"In this case, a USA citizen questions the citizenship of another U.S. citizen and American law-enforcement just sits back and watches", he said.

Rosello also called on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to take the matter "into her hands". "(There are thousands of people in Puerto Rico without power that would beg to differ.) "...

"I understand this incident on a gut level because nearly exactly the same thing happened to me when I was a freshman in Congress", Gutiérrez wrote in the letter.

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