Chicago man in Puerto Rico shirt incident due back in court

Woman harassed for wearing Puerto Rico shirt

Woman harassed for wearing Puerto Rico shirt

A man seen in a video harassing a woman in a Chicago park for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt is now facing hate crime charges. After the video went viral, authorities began investigating the cop who stood nearby and failed to act as the incident occurred (he has since resigned), and now, the man at the center of the controversy has also received his comeuppance.

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.

Trybus was later charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

"I will never get to hear from this man, this protector, his reasoning for why my safety, no, my life, had such little value to him", she said, adding that she grateful that he no longer has a job where he might treat other like her.

Conner's inaction sparked intense criticism, prompting him to resign on Thursday, Arnold Randall, a Forest Preserve District of Cook County official said on Thursday.

"Mr. Trybus asked me twice if the shirt I was wearing is a Texas state flag", Irizarry said, speaking to reporters in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.

Cook County Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" García had called for hate crimes charges against Trybus.

Randall, the forest preserves superintendent, said his agency has apologized to Irizarry and refunded the money she had paid for a permit to gather at a picnic table area on the day of the incident. "It was threatening and menacing and obviously full of racial ethnic hatred".

"Are you a United States citizen?" The officer is seen walking away.

When asked who she found most offensive, Connor or Trybus, she replied: "They are equally offensive". She said that "just encouraged (Trybus) to be more aggressive. Officer, officer, I feel highly uncomfortable", repeatedly asking Officer Patrick Connor, standing nearby, to do something about the incident.

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. Can you please grab him?" "You know that right?" He also ordered him placed on electronic home monitoring, to undergo alcohol assessment, and prohibited him from having any contact with Irizarry or any witnesses in the case or set foot on forest preserve property.

The incident had drawn an immediate backlash, with a number of local politicians and some from Puerto Rico condemning the attack. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in United States presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections.

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