Chicago Officer Who Allowed Racist Verbal Assault Resigns Before Hearing

Chicago Officer Who Allowed Racist Verbal Assault Resigns Before Hearing

The Forest Preserves of Cook County confirmed that Officer Patrick Connor no longer works for the department following an incident filmed on June 14, which went viral almost a month later. 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.

Irizarry recorded the encounter on her phone, saying she felt threatened, and posted the video to Facebook.

In a now viral-video shot on June 14, an irate approaches Mia Irizarry as she waited for her family at a picnic area in the Forest Preserves of Cook County to celebrate her 24th birthday. "Are you a citizen?" A 62 year old man who police have identified as Timothy Tybus verbally abused and harassed Ms. Irizarry as she was wearing a shirt that depicts the flag of our USA colony of Puerto Rico.

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. As Trybus continues to harass her, other officers arrive and a female police officer finally steps in on behalf of Irizarry. The Cook County State's Attorney's Office said Timothy Trybus, 62, has been charged with two counts of felony hate crime.

The female officer then interviews Irizzary, who tells her that the first officer on the scene stood "watching the whole thing happen".

Timothy G. Trybus, the man police said harassed Irizarry, was arrested on the day of the incident on charges of assault and disorderly conduct, according to a police report.

One of the other responding officers tells Trybus that he can't be harassing people, adding that people have just as much right to be in the park as he does.

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Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia criticized the district for not acting more swiftly to discipline the officer.

Connor was initially placed on desk duty as the investigation got underway. I am troubled by the initial response by the officer who was on the scene. "We still don't know what happened outside the video". The man resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that".

22 years after that incident, we are still seeing the same kind of bigotry, the same kind of misunderstanding about Latinos and who Puerto Ricans are, and the same fear that we are outsiders who don't belong here.

But it's critical for us to also agree that words and thoughts being expressed by people in America right now, people with voices that reach millions, can contribute to such despicable actions.

On Twitter, he said: "We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background". Officer Connor's actions came under intense fire based on the video.

Garcia posted a statement in which he said, "The Puerto Rican community deserves an apology and the young woman deserves justice from the Cook County Forest Preserve and the Cook County Justice System". This is not the America we all believe in'.

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