Police officer resigns ahead of hearing on Puerto Rico shirt incident

Police officer resigns ahead of hearing on Puerto Rico shirt incident

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.

The man who was tormenting Irizarry, identified by police as Timothy Trybus, 62, has been charged with assault and disorderly conduct. Trybus was caught on camera last month verbally harassing Mia Irizarry in the Forest Preserves of Cook County in June.

Mia Irizarry complained that a man at Caldwell Woods was questioning her citizenship and telling her she shouldn't be wearing the shirt, although Puerto Rico is a us commonwealth. "You don't come here harassing people", she says.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", he tells her. Her friends can be heard telling him that Puerto Rico is part of the United States.

Irizarry can be heard saying, "Can you please get away from me? He basically got in my face, damn near nearly touched me", Irizarry is heard saying to the camera during the incident.

She says: "Officer, I'm renting, I paid for a permit for this area".

Ms Irizarry calls on a nearby park police officer for help.

"He's very distraught and not happy about having to leave employment much sooner than he intended, but because of the strong reaction from the public and political figures, he thought it would be unrealistic to stay as an officer".

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Coming closer, the man says: "You're not gonna change us, you know that?"

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

"The officer should have stepped in, and he should have done something", Forest Preserves Chief of Police Kelvin Pope said at a news conference Tuesday.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia called Connor's resignation "a commonsense decision after his inaction and failure to serve Cook County". "You know that, right?"

For several minutes the man berates Irizarry and at one point stands a few inches from her. As of Thursday morning, the video had be seen 1.5 million times. The woman, Mia Irizarry, is heard appealing to the officer to help restrain the man, but the officer doesn't appear to engage until almost 10 minutes later, when other officers arrive.

'We will be looking into this incident as our offices in DC are in contact with local and state authorities, demanding that this officer be expelled from the police force, ' Rosello tweeted on Tuesday.

The flag of Puerto Rico flies outside the island's Capitol building in San Juan, July 29, 2015. President Woodrow Wilson in 1917 signed into law the Jones-Shafroth Act, granting USA citizenship to residents of Puerto Rico.

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