Man charged with hate crime over Puerto Rican shirt incident, officer resigns

Officer Who Didn’t Step In When Woman In Puerto Rico Shirt Was Harassed Resigns

Officer Patrick Connor, a10-year veteran, was scheduled to explain to his superiors today why he did nothing as a woman was berated by a belligerent man who was allegedly drunk, and cursed the woman for wearing the shirt, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. After the video went viral, authorities began investigating the cop who stood nearby and failed to act as the incident occurred (he has since resigned), and now, the man at the center of the controversy has also received his comeuppance.

Timothy Trybus, 62, of Des Plaines was charged with two felony counts of committing a hate crime in addition to the misdemeanour counts of assault and disorderly conduct he already faced, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office said. The felony hate crime charges are enhancements on the charges of misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct he was originally charged with after the incident. He also questions her about whether she was an American citizen.

As Trybus continues to harass her other officers arrived and a female police officer finally steps in on behalf of Irizarry.

In the video, Trybus can be heard saying, "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America. Ok".

Cook County Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" García called for a hate crime charge beforehand, according to the Chicago Tribune. "I was genuinely fearful for what could happen to me", Irizarry said in an interview. "It was threatening and menacing and obviously full of racial ethnic hatred". "Are you a citizen?"

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"It was extremely surreal to think that someone whose job is to protect and serve could just completely walk away..." she said at a park in a Chicago neighborhood with a large Puerto Rican population, in her first public comments about the incident. "We might start with the fine example presented by Mia Irizarry and her family, who handled this ugly incident with great composure, never stooping to the level of the man who attacked her". State Senator Omar Aquino urged Irizarry to sue the officer, reminding her that he pushed through legislation that allows her to "sue someone for a hate crime".

"I can honestly say that I feared for my safety", said Irizarry, who was at the site celebrating her 24th birthday.

"I wonder where they get such an idea?" She said that "just encouraged (Trybus) to be more aggressive. Then you should not be wearing that". "You know that right?"

The officer "needs to be reprimanded because my life was put at risk", Irizarry said.

Puerto Rican citizens automatically have USA citizenship. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in USA presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections.

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