Cop Resigns In Puerto Rico Shirt Dispute

Elias Hubbard
July 12, 2018

The Cook County Forest Preserve Police Officer that seemingly stood by while a woman was berated resigned Wednesday night, days after the video sparked outrage around the world.

Cook County Forest Preserve District Police Chief Kelvin Pope said that Officer Patrick Connor shared his thoughts in a face-to-face conversation Wednesday while Connor turned in his resignation. We are further addressing aspects of this incident and General Superintendent Arnold Randall will have more details at a media availability tomorrow morning. "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".

Irizarry (pictured) posted a Facebook Live video as the man, who was drunk, repeatedly came up to her and yelled 'Why is she wearing that s**t?' "Is there anything you can do?" she asks Connor.

"You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that", Trybus says to her.

Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth with its own constitution, rather than a state. Trybus, who appears to be intoxicated, then steps much closer to Irizarry and demands of her, "Are you a citizen?" She said the group politely complied but her Puerto Rico shirt appeared to act as a trigger to the man.

As the woman pleads for help from the officer, Connor appears to simply ignore her.

Trybus: You're not going to change us, you know that? Though it's not clear exactly what led up to the events shown in the video, Trybus can be seen and heard persistently harassing and criticizing Irizarry for her choice of attire, challenging her American citizenship, and approaching her in an aggressive manner.

Irizarry: Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable.

"You don't come here harassing people", the officer continues.

'That officer did absolutely nothing he did absolutely zero, ' she says in the clip.

"I do not feel comfortable with him here".

Mr Trybus continued to harangue Ms Irizarry for about 10 minutes before other officers arrived and arrested him. I stand with law enforcement 100 percent, but when I witness an officer not protecting the rights of our citizens, and the dereliction of their duty, like I witnessed in that video, I will support the [recommended] disciplinary action, up to and including their termination.

The man, later identified as Timothy Trybus, has been charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

Irizarry filmed the video about a month ago, but it has gained recent traction and since been watched more than a million times.

Officials on Tuesday said that Conner was the officer being investigated.

'He failed to deescalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety'.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle called Trybus' behavior "abusive and offensive" and said Connor should have intervened.

In the video, shot at Caldwell Woods in Chicago, a man confronts and berates a woman for wearing a shirt emblazoned with the flag of Puerto Rico. "We can not allow that ugly rhetoric to be the norm in Cook County". This is not the America we all believe in'.

"With all the publicity hype, with the video that was shown, shows that he was inattention to his duty, that he was very inactive, and it was just that type of disposition that he took", Pope said.

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