Officer resigns amid uproar over lack of response to woman's harassment

Officer resigns amid uproar over lack of response to woman's harassment

A woman had accused Officer Patrick Connor of standing by as a man harassed her for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag, saying it was un-American. Trybus was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

The Forest Preserves of Cook County confirmed that Officer Patrick Connor no longer works for the department following an incident filmed on June 14, which went viral almost a month later. 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.

Puerto Rico is a US territory, and its residents are American citizens. Irizarry can be heard asking the park police officer, identified as Connor, for help, and telling him she is uncomfortable.

In the video, posted to Facebook by Irizarry, he can be seen repeatedly coming towards her while shouting at her as she asks him to stop.

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. "He basically got in my face, damn near nearly touched me", Irizarry is heard saying to the camera during the incident.

Timothy Trybus, 62, of Des Plaines was charged with two felony counts of committing a hate crime in addition to the misdemeanour counts of assault and disorderly conduct he already faced, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office said. 'I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he did not do anything'.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico responded to the incident on Twitter. "Then you should not be wearing that". She posted the video to Facebook.

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"You're not an American", Trybus tells Irizarry.

There was also a comment at the end "Why don't you and your people go back where you came from".

The Forest Preserves confirmed they launched an investigation into the response of the officer, with Connor assigned to desk duty pending the outcome.

Preckwinkle earlier this week apologized to the woman in the video, Mia Irizarry, while speaking at an unrelated event, calling the incident "completely unacceptable". "We are further addressing aspects of this incident", a spokesperson for the Forest Preserves of Cook County said in a statement, adding the superintendent would address the matter to the media on Thursday.

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

"You shouldn't be wearing that", he said, referring to a shirt that read Puerto Rico and displayed the flag. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in USA presidential primaries but not in presidential elections.

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