Officer off beat after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

Dem rep 'Culture of bigotry & hate' now 'feels unleashed'

Dem rep 'Culture of bigotry & hate' now 'feels unleashed'

A woman was harassed by a man in an IL park for wearing a shirt displaying the Puerto Rican flag. "Then you should not be wearing that", he says in the video.

Facebook A woman was attacked by this man at a park near Chicago because she was wearing a Puerto Rico flag shirt.

Footage of the incident, which took place last month, resurfaced online in recent days and one Facebook post with the clip had almost 2 million views at time of publication.

Cook County Board Chairman Toni Preckwinkle said she learned about the incident last night.

Irizzary was wearing a shirt made to look like the Puerto Rico flag, with the words "Puerto Rico" written on the top.

The woman said she tried to get the officer to step in, but he didn't respond immediately to her pleas for help.

"The incident ... is completely unacceptable", Preckwinkle said.

"I apologize to the young woman who had this bad experience".

More officers then arrive at the scene and a female cop sits Trybus down and threatens to charge him.

In the video, the unidentified man screams at and harasses the woman because of her shirt, asking if she is a citizen and saying she should be wearing an American flag.

Mia Irizarry was just trying to celebrate her 24th birthday at the park on June 14.


Forest Preserves police Chief Kelvin Pope identified the officer as Patrick Connor, a 10-year veteran of the force.

After the video went viral this week, Cook County Forest Preserves announced on Twitter that authorities had assigned the officer to desk duty and explained that the harasser had been intoxicated during the altercation.

The video also drawn sharp criticism from 4th District Rep. Luis Gutierrez.

Forest Preserves spokeswoman Stacina Stagner called the video "very disturbing".

"You're not renting anything", the man insisted as he approached her. The world is not going to change the United States of America. In an agitated tone the man says, "We don't own Puerto Rico".

She plans to interview all officers at the scene as well as Irizarry and said the video will be used in future training exercises by the Forest Preserves. I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do?

"Had he been a black man coming at a white woman, I swear he would have done something", Irizarry tells the camera at one point. Later, she again pleaded with the officer, "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove.please officer". Trybus resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that".

"You're not going to change us", Trybus added.

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

She explains that she has rented the picnic area and has a permit to use the space. "People have just as much right to be here as you do, and when you're drunk you don't belong here".

Eventually, more officers arrived and the woman was able to file a police report. Irizarry zooms in on the officer. She said the group politely complied, but her Puerto Rico shirt appeared to act as a trigger Trybus.

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