Man Who Berated Woman In Puerto Rico Shirt Charged With Hate Crime

14 July, 2018, 06:41 | Author: Jason Torres
  • A Chicago man is accused of harassing a woman wearing a shirt of the Puerto Rican flag in a Cook County Forest Preserve after a viral video showed the confrontation. A forest preserve police officer is seen only in the background of a video above of

A United States man who was filmed harassing a woman because she was wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag on it has been charged with committing a hate crime.

Timothy Trybus is seen in a video that went viral repeatedly yelling and walking toward Mia Irizarry.

Irizarry said she was celebrating her 24th birthday at Caldwell Woods park when the man approached her and asked her why she was wearing the sleeveless Puerto Rico flag shirt.

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

Officer Patrick Connor, 56 and a 10-year veteran of the force, resigned late Wednesday, July 11, the day before he was to explain the incident at an Internal Affairs disciplinary hearing, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Timothy Trybus, 62, was arrested and charged with two counts of felony hate crime, upgrades on previous misdemeanor counts stemming from the incident, said Robert Foley, a spokesman for the Cook County's State's Attorney's Office.

That's in addition to misdemeanor counts of assault and disorderly conduct he already faced.

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More police arrive and Irizarry says she still doesn't feel safe. "Are you a citizen of the United States", Trybus is heard asking. "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".

Irizarry posted the video of Trybus's racist rant and Officer Connor's lack of response on Facebook, where it attracted huge attention across the country and around the world.

"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. He gets closer to her and asks "Are you a citizen? Then you should not be wearing that". "We all need to stand up to this behavior".

The video of the exchange sparked outrage, and even Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, weighed in and called it "appalling" and he said "a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere".

Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia criticized the district for not acting more swiftly to discipline the officer.

Lonnie Nasatir, midwest regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, told the Chicago Tribune that a hate-crime charge might be warranted.

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