Man who harassed woman over Puerto Rico shirt charged with hate crime

Clay Curtis
July 13, 2018

Officer Patrick Connor, a10-year veteran, was scheduled to explain to his superiors today why he did nothing as a woman was berated by a belligerent man who was allegedly drunk, and cursed the woman for wearing the shirt, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The Tribune said these are "enhancements" on prior charges of misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct. Those charges were upgraded to hate crime charges, according to NBC News, and he was arrested again on Thursday.

Mia Irizarry posted a video that went viral, capturing an ugly scene as she was trying to celebrate her 24th birthday peacefully in the Forest Preserves of Cook County in IL in June. Trybus asks in the video.

When the video started gaining media attention earlier this week, politicians including Puerto Rico's governor and Cook County politicians weighed in.

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

Forest preserve officials said they are not going to sweep this under the rug and they plan to use this case and video as a learning tool going forward.

She had appealed to Officer Connor for help, but he appears to not respond.

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County Police Department - where Mr Connor worked for 12 years - announced he had resigned late on Wednesday.

The man seen in a viral video harassing a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt has been charged with a hate crime. Trybus was caught on camera last month verbally harassing Mia Irizarry in the Forest Preserves of Cook County in June.

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The officer can then be seen talking to the man who gesticulates back and tells him to "shut the f*** up".

"All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves".

It's not clear when the investigation into the officer's response will be completed.

At one point in the video, Irizarry tries to move away from Trybus and walks out from under a pavilion, but he follows her as Connor appears not to approach them. "Are you a citizen?" the man can be heard saying in a video recording of the incident posted on Facebook.

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.

A police officer who was filmed standing by as Mia Irizarry, 24, pleaded for his help has quit.

Coming closer, the man says: "You're not gonna change us, you know that?"

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle called Trybus' behavior "abusive and offensive" and said Connor should have intervened. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in U.S. presidential primaries but not in presidential elections.

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