Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Officer resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

Officer resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

The Illinois Police officer who did not step in when a woman at a park was being harassed by a man because she was wearing a Puerto Rico shirt, resigned on Wednesday.

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 USA commonwealth. Trybus is charged with assault, and police said those charges could be updated to include a hate crime. The Tribune said these are "enhancements" on prior charges of misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct.

Trybus has a bail hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday in Skokie.

Irizarry recorded the encounter on her phone, saying she felt threatened, and posted the video to Facebook.

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

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"I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do?"

On Monday, Forest Preserves of Cook County, which administers the park, tweeted that it was aware of the June 14 incident and video, and that it had launched an investigation.

For several minutes the man berates Irizarry and at one point stands a few inches from her.

A representative of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's office declined comment about the charges.

"You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that". Connor was relegated to desk duty more than a week after the incident occurred.

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I showed my official ID as a Member of Congress, to which the officer said, "I don't think so", indicating that she thought my ID was a fake and that I couldn't possibly be a Member of Congress.

The officer can then be seen talking to the man who gesticulates back and tells him to "shut the f*** up".

Irizarry filmed the video about a month ago, but it has gained recent traction and since been watched more than a million times.

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

"OK, OK", Ms Irizarry says, trying to placate him. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in U.S. presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections.

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Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló was among those who condemned the video. We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.

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