Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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

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

An Illinois man is being charged on Thursday with hate crimes after video of him verbally assaulting a woman wearing a Puerto Rico shirt went viral earlier this week.

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. The Tribune said these are "enhancements" on prior charges of misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct.

The officer, Patrick Connor, a 12-year veteran of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Police Department, had been put under investigation and on desk duty after a widely shared video of the confrontation angered public officials, including Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló of Puerto Rico.

Irizarry, who was at the park with friends for a birthday party, can be heard on the video telling Trybus that she is indeed an American citizen.

He added: "The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity".

Officials on Tuesday said that Conner was the officer being investigated.

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".

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In February of the following year, he was arrested for obstruction of justice following an incident at his Georgia home. Most recently, he pleaded guilty to obstructing police following a January 2017 altercation in downtown Cincinnati.

"The 10-year veteran officer resigned late Wednesday, according to Cook County Forest Preserve District officials, rather than fight to keep his badge over the encounter that has been recorded and viewed millions of times, drawing global scorn for Connor's inaction", the outlet reported.

More officers arrived and arrested the man, who was described as drunk.

The Cook County Forest Preserve officer can be seen in the video standing in the background, not moving closer as Trybus continued to come up to Irizzary.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle called Trybus' behavior "abusive and offensive" and said Connor should have intervened.

And, while most police officers would have done the right thing in that incident, this guy was caught on tape doing the wrong thing, or more accurately, doing nothing, at all. "We can not allow that ugly rhetoric to be the norm in Cook County". "Are you a United States citizen?"

I just hope that we all are as poised as Ms. Irizarry was if and when someone gets in our face; whether for wearing a pussy hat, or a hijab, a rainbow flag or a black lives matter t-shirt.

"Officer, I feel highly threatened", she says, as Mr Connor turns his back and walks towards his patrol auto. The man resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that". The island is a US commonwealth, and Puerto Ricans are American citizens. The agency tweeted Monday that an investigation of the officer is ongoing.

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