Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Chicago man in Puerto Rico shirt incident due back in court

Chicago man in Puerto Rico shirt incident due back in court

Trybus, who was intoxicated at the time, approached Irizarry because she was wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt.

The incident made national headlines this week after a video on social media showed Trybus approaching a woman, identified as Mia Irizarry, as she stood near a picnic grove in Caldwell Woods, a recreational area in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, a green belt that surrounds Chicago. Because of the Puerto Rican flag shirt Irizarry is wearing, the man in the video asks if she is a USA citizen and says "you're not going to change us, you know that?" and "the world is not going to change the United States of America".

Ex-Cook County Forest Preserve Police officer Patrick Connor believes he acted appropriately and feels he wasn't treated fairly after a video went viral showing him doing nothing as a man berated a woman over wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag on it last month.

He has since resigned from the force.

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. He was previously charged with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico responded to the incident on Twitter.

When asked who she found most offensive, Connor or Trybus, she replied: "They are equally offensive". As we said yesterday, if a white woman said she was being harassed by a Black or Latin person, the police would have reacted with a quickness.

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"We don't know what was happening outside the video; we don't know what was going on inside his (Connor's) head at the time", the attorney, Tamara Cummings, said Thursday. "Are you a United States citizen?" he screamed, referring to the shirt as "un-American".

In the video, Connor can be seen walking away.

"I can honestly say that I feared for my safety", said Irizarry, who was at the site celebrating her 24th birthday. "Then you should not be wearing that", he continued. Puerto Rico is a us commonwealth.

The support and outrage from both politicians and the general public have helped Mia get the justice she deserves. We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.

The Forest Preserves issued its own apology for what happened.

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

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