Cop Resigns In Puerto Rico Shirt Dispute

A Chicago man is accused of harassing a woman wearing a shirt of the Puerto Rican flag in a Cook County Forest Preserve after a viral video showed the confrontation. A forest preserve police officer is seen only in the background of a video above of

Officer resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

A police officer who drew criticism for allegedly failing to intervene in a dispute between a man and a woman over the woman's Puerto Rico flag shirt has resigned, officials said Wednesday evening.

In the video of the June 14 incident, which has since been widely circulated online, Trybus is heard repeatedly questioning the woman's citizenship and told her she shouldn't be wearing her Puerto Rican flag shirt. Trybus is charged with assault, and police said those charges could be updated to include a hate crime.

The man who was tormenting Irizarry, identified by police as Timothy Trybus, 62, has been charged with assault and disorderly conduct. She posted the video to Facebook.

Almost half of Americans are unaware that Puerto Ricans are United States citizens, according to polling taken after the island was rocked by a hurricane last September.

"I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do?"

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.

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

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Puerto Rico is a US territory and its residents are USA citizens, yet Trybus, who is white, told Irizarry that "if you're an American citizen, you should not be wearing that".

But the officer continues to do nothing or even move closer to Irizzary as the man continues to approach her.

Connor was initially placed on desk duty as the investigation got underway.

Officer Connor was set to have a disciplinary hearing Thursday, but resigned Wednesday night instead. As of Thursday morning, the video had be seen 1.5 million times. About 10 minutes into the video, more police officers arrived.

"OK, OK", Ms Irizarry says, trying to placate him. "You don't come here harassing people", she says. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in USA presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections.

Preckwinkle also released a statement Tuesday saying she'd had a phone call with Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello, who'd referenced her directly in a Tweet about the video.

On Twitter, he said: "We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background".

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