Monday, 23 July, 2018

IL cop resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

The flag of Puerto Rico flies outside the island's Capitol building in San Juan Officer resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt
Jeannette Daniel | 12 July, 2018, 23:16

A United States police officer has quit amid an inquiry into his response to a woman who was racially harassed while wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt. "You don't come here harassing people", she says. Trybus, who appears to be intoxicated, then steps much closer to Irizarry and demands of her, "Are you a citizen?"

An edited version of Mia Irizarry's video was posted to Facebook by the viral content page "Now This", garnering more than 33 million views within two days.

"I always say this when it comes to video: The video doesn't look good, but anybody who's a football fan knows that the video doesn't tell the entire story", Tamara Cummings, general counsel for the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, said Wednesday.

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

Trybus is scheduled for his first court appearance August 1, the Cook County Circuit Court said.

Randall, the forest preserves superintendent, said his agency has apologized to Irizarry and refunded the money she had paid for a permit to gather at a picnic table area on the day of the incident.

Trybus is facing a misdemeanor assault charge.

In a statement announcing Connor's resignation, officials with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County said that they planned to further address "aspects of this incident" and that they would not provide additional details until Thursday.

'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.

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It started going off the rails when a man approached her asking her why she was wearing a sleeveless Puerto Rico flag shirt, which also had "Puerto Rico" written below the neckline.

"I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do?"

The fact that he resigned under pending disciplinary proceedings will be noted in his personnel file - a red flag that means he can never be re-hired at the forest preserve, Arnold said.

Trybus was later arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct. Can you please grab him?

More police arrive and Irizarry says she still doesn't feel safe. "If you're an American, you wouldn't be wearing that". "You know that right?"

The incident was condemned by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, who said he was "appalled, shocked and disturbed" by the officer's behavior.

The video has prompted widespread outrage and concern, both over Trybus's harassment of Irizarry and over Connor's failure to intervene.

He says he was there for a separate incident and notes that she was not being attacked.

'I'm an American citizen.I'm not trying to change anyone, I just came here for a birthday party, ' Irizzary tells him as he gets in her face. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in United States presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections.

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