Monday, 24 September, 2018

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

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
Deanna Wagner | 13 July, 2018, 02:19

An Illinois police officer has resigned after being criticized for not intervening as a man harassed a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt.

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.

He now faces two counts of felony hate crime, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office told The Post. The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

As for Trybus, he was released on bond and has a court appearance scheduled on August 1.

"That officer did absolutely nothing, he did zero", Irizarry said during the video.

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.

"His personnel file will reflect that this officer did not resign in good standing, with a note indicating that he left the district with discipline pending", the park agency's general superintendent, Arnold Randall, said Thursday.

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

The video elicited strong reactions and there have been calls for the officer in the video be fired.

Rosello also called on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to take the matter "into her hands".

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", the man can be heard saying to her on a video she posted on Facebook. Connor was relegated to desk duty more than a week after the incident occurred. Connor is seen walking away. "At the same time, this video will help inform ongoing officer training so we can all learn from this unfortunate episode". Other officers eventually arrived and arrested the man.

Irizzary then begins to talk to her Facebook Live viewers, saying: 'As you can see the police are not even, he's not even grabbing him'.

"If the investigation confirms the officer did not take appropriate steps to ensure public safety, disciplinary action will be swift", Forest Preserves spokeswoman Stacina Stagner told ABC News via email earlier this week. The island is a USA commonwealth, and Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

Puerto Rico has been a USA territory since 1899. We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.