An Illinois man accused of harassing a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt at a Chicago-area park was charged Thursday with state hate crimes, authorities said. The recording, taken by the woman involved, shows a man, identified by the police as Timothy Trybus, demanding to know why she has a Puerto Rican flag shirt on and whether the woman, Mia Irizarry, is a USA citizen.
Prosecutors filed the two Class 3 felony hate crime charges against Timothy G. Trybus, Cook County State's Attorney's Office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.
Timothy Trybus, 62, originally faced misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charges for the incident where he angrily confronted the woman and told her she "shouldn't be wearing that" - referring to the shirt.
Trybus is scheduled for his first court appearance August 1, said the Cook County Circuit Court.
The Forest Preserve District of Cook County Police Department - where Mr Connor worked for 12 years - announced that he had resigned on Wednesday. "Are you a citizen?" Other officers eventually arrived and arrested the man.
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He allegedly demanded to know if a Latina picnicker was a USA citizen in last month's incident.
"That officer did absolutely nothing - he did absolutely zero", Ms Irizarry said in her 36-minute long Facebook live broadcast. As we said yesterday, if a white woman said she was being harassed by a Black or Latin person, the police would have reacted with a quickness. "Are you a United States citizen?" he screamed, referring to the shirt as "un-American". "Can you please grab him?" 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.
22 years after that incident, we are still seeing the same kind of bigotry, the same kind of misunderstanding about Latinos and who Puerto Ricans are, and the same fear that we are outsiders who don't belong here.
On the video, Connor tells Irizarry he didn't think she was in danger. She never called police herself.
"It was truly appalling, gut wrenching and a real wake up call", Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. said.
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'We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.
In a statement Thursday, Forest Preserve Supt.
Garcia posted a statement in which he said, "The Puerto Rican community deserves an apology and the young woman deserves justice from the Cook County Forest Preserve and the Cook County Justice System".
It's not clear when the investigation into the officer's response will be completed.
The officer was put on desk duty while officials investigated the incident, but he resigned this week.
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Tamara Cummings, general counsel for the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council said about the deplorable incident: "The video does not look good, but anybody who is a football fan knows that the video does not tell the whole story". This is not the America we all believe in'.