Police officer resigns ahead of hearing on Puerto Rico shirt incident

Woman harassed for wearing Puerto Rico shirt

Police officer resigns ahead of hearing on Puerto Rico shirt incident

The Cook Country Forest preserve placed Officer Patrick Connor on desk duty Monday after a video showed the officer standing by as a man harassed a woman for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag.

Mr Trybus faces a bail hearing on Friday on two counts of felony hate crime. He had previously been charged with misdemeanor assault for the incident. Those charges were upgraded to hate crime charges, according to NBC News, and he was arrested again on Thursday.

Mia Irizarry complained that a man at Caldwell Woods was questioning her citizenship and telling her she shouldn't be wearing the shirt, although Puerto Rico is a USA commonwealth. Trybus asks in the video.

But the officer, Patrick Connor, turns his back and walks towards his patrol vehicle.

The video even got the attention of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosello, who said he was "appalled, shocked, and disturbed by the officer's behavior".

A parks officer has resigned after being criticized for not intervening during the June 14 incident. which was caught on video at a northwestern Chicago park.

But the video makes clear that we all have to step up to defend the United States from this tide of bullying, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia, and stand up for what America is really all about.

"All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves", the district said on its official account.

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

A video went viral of 24-year-old Mia Irizarry being harassed at a park in Cook County, Illinois earlier this week.

Caldwell Woods is part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

Ms Irizarry asks a park police officer who has arrived for help, saying: "I am renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing". Are you a citizen?'

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle released a statement Thursday saying, "Under the leadership of General Superintendent Arnold Randall and his team, the Forest Preserves of Cook County have become a safe, welcoming place of exploration, recreation and leisure for everyone".

'We will be looking into this incident as our offices in DC are in contact with local and state authorities, demanding that this officer be expelled from the police force, ' Rosello tweeted on Tuesday.

Later, she says: "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove... please, officer" as the officer is seen walking away from her. "You know that right?" says the man, who appears to be intoxicated. 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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