Police officer resigns ahead of hearing on Puerto Rico shirt incident

Police officer resigns ahead of hearing on Puerto Rico shirt incident

IL woman harassed for Puerto Rico flag shirt, officer who didn't help put on desk dutyThe Cook County State's Attorney's Office said Timothy Trybus, 62, has been charged with two counts of felony hate crime.

The woman complained that a man at Caldwell Woods in the Cook County Forest Preserves was questioning her citizenship and telling her she shouldn't be wearing the shirt.

"After a review of the case, we approved felony hate crimes charges", said Robert Foley, spokesman for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, as reported by the Tribune.

Trybus was later arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

He is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Friday.

On Wednesday, the police officer who was also at the scene resigned.

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"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America".

"He's very distraught and not happy about having to leave employment much sooner than he intended, but because of the strong reaction from the public and political figures, he thought it would be unrealistic to stay as an officer".

Here's where we might not all agree, but I beg those who don't want to see this lone Chicago incident connected to President Donald Trump to at least consider that Gutierrez might have a point. "Are you a citizen?" the man can be heard saying in a video recording of the incident posted on Facebook.

Ms Irizarry asks a park police officer who has arrived for help, saying: "I am renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing". "Are you a United States citizen?" Please let's just do this all together, if you see hate, stand up and speak. 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.

The video of the exchange sparked outrage, and even Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, weighed in and called it "appalling" and he said "a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere". The officer is seen walking away.

At the same conference, the forest preserve district police chief said the officer "should've stepped in".

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"It was truly appalling, gut wrenching and a real wake up call", Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. said. In the background, a police officer is standing outside the park pavilion.

Meanwhile, the Forest Preserves issued its own apology for what happened. Spencer, speaking about America, told the Los Angeles Times in 2016: "We live in a multi-cultural country where now, European Americans are being dispossessed".

The officer was put on desk duty while officials investigated.

She says: "Officer, I'm renting, I paid for a permit for this area". I am troubled by the initial response by the officer who was on the scene.

Since the incident occurred in a public park, it would automatically be upgraded to a Class 3 felony, punishable by between two and 10 years in prison.

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