"Effective today, Officer Patrick Connor no longer serves in the police department of the Forest Preserves of Cook County", the district that manages the park where the incident happened tweeted Wednesday night. "We might start with the fine example presented by Mia Irizarry and her family, who handled this ugly incident with great composure, never stooping to the level of the man who attacked her". She said the group politely complied but her Puerto Rico shirt appeared to act as a trigger to the man. He asks her if she is an American citizen, to which she responds that she is. "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that", he shouts. It also had "Puerto Rico" written below the neckline. "You're not gonna change us, you know that?" he says, insinuating that she is an interloper. You're not going to change the United States of America.
In the video, Connor watched as Trybus said things like "Are you a citizen?"
Irizarry, who was renting out the area for her birthday, flagged down a park police officer and asked for help. The officer even walked away from her as the harasser asked him: "Why is she wearing that shit?"
'If she's an American citizen, why is she wearing that s**t?' Trybus shouts. Even police officers have a right to a fair process.
The man continues ranting, while the officer doesn't acknowledge Irizarry's plea.
Irizarry is seen filing a formal complaint and says that the initial responding officer did "absolutely zero". "I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times ... literally here watching this and he did not do anything".
At one point Irizzary's brother returns from grabbing food for the party and tries to get Trybus to leave her alone.
More officers then arrive at the scene and a female cop sits Trybus down and threatens to charge him. "People have just as much right to be here as you do, and when you're drunk you don't belong here".
In the background, a police officer is standing outside the park pavilion.
"The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct", the district wrote on Monday.
After the woman posted a 36-minute video of the confrontation on Facebook, edited versions began bouncing around social media platforms. Puerto Rican public officials, including Governor Ricardo Rosselló, have reiterated the vulnerability of the island's power system. The agency tweeted Monday that an investigation of the officer is ongoing.
'He failed to deescalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety'.
'We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.
"In this case, a United States citizen questions the citizenship of another U.S. citizen and American law-enforcement just sits back and watches", he said. "An incident in Caldwell Woods on June 14 in which a visitor to the Preserves was verbally harassed was appalling and completely unacceptable".
Another tweet said, "All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves".