Puerto Rico shirt hate crime: Man Filmed Accosting Woman.

A man who was recorded haranguing a woman for wearing a Puerto Rico flag shirt at an Illinois park has been charged with a hate crime.

Timothy Trybus, 62, was previously charged with disorderly conduct and assault.

He allegedly demanded to know if a Latina picnicker was a US citizen in last month’s incident.

A police officer who was filmed standing by as Mia Irizarry, 24, pleaded for his help has quit.

Mr Trybus faces a bail hearing on Friday on two counts of felony hate crime.

Ms Irizarry used her mobile phone to film the confrontation, which unfolded on 14 June as she set up a picnic for her birthday at Caldwell Woods in the Chicago suburbs.

In the viral clip a white man approaches her and demands to know why she is wearing her shirt, which had “Puerto Rico” written on it.

“You should not be wearing that in the United States of America,” he shouts, repeatedly jabbing his finger at her.

“Are you a citizen? Are you a United States citizen?”

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

But the officer, Patrick Connor, turns his back and walks towards his patrol car.

The suspect continued to harangue Ms Irizarry for about 10 minutes before other officers arrived and arrested him.

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County Police Department – where Mr Connor worked for 12 years – announced he had resigned late on Wednesday.

At a press conference on Thursday, Superintendent Arnold Randall said Mr Connor was “very remorseful” when he resigned.

But he said the officer considered it “an unfortunate incident” and felt he was not “given a fair shake”.

Mr Randall added that Mr Connor’s personnel file will say that he did not leave “in good standing”, and will include a note that he left “with discipline pending”.

He added that officials will review the mandatory diversity training that officers are required to take. Mr Connor had taken the course a year ago, officials say.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here