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


The Puerto Rican T-shirt controversy at a birthday celebration has resulted in the resignation of a police officer who refused to intervene as a man repeatedly harassed a young woman for wearing a shirt of the Puerto Rican flag.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the Cook County state attorney's office announced Timothy Trybus was charged with two counts of a felony hate crime, which add to the charges of misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct he was already facing.

The charges stem from a June incident in which Trybus, who was reportedly intoxicated, confronted a woman for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag emblazoned across the front.

Trybus is scheduled for his first court appearance August 1, the Cook County Circuit Court said.

"That officer did absolutely nothing - he did absolutely zero", Irizarry said in the video, which was streamed from her Facebook profile on June 14, but gained a wider audience this week.

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'If she's an American citizen, why is she wearing that s**t?' Trybus shouts.

"His personnel file will reflect that this officer did not resign in good standing, with a note indicating that he left the district with discipline pending", the park agency's general superintendent, Arnold Randall, said Thursday. I do not feel comfortable with him here.

Cook County Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" García had called for such charges against Trybus a day earlier.

Puerto Rico is a US territory, and its residents are American citizens. Connor is seen walking away. Connor was relegated to desk duty more than a week after the incident occurred.

PHOTO: A then-unidenfied man, pictured, was shown harassing the woman, questioning her citizenship. The footage showed the officer seemingly ignoring the woman's requests for his help as she explains that the man is harassing her and that she has a permit to be in the public space.

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By now most of us have seen the video of that incident.

"I felt so drawn out", she said in the interview.

More police arrive and Irizarry says she still doesn't feel safe. President Woodrow Wilson in 1917 signed into law the Jones-Shafroth Act, granting USA citizenship to residents of Puerto Rico.

Preckwinkle also released a statement Tuesday saying she'd had a phone call with Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello, who'd referenced her directly in a Tweet about the video. We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.

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