A police officer who drew criticism for allegedly failing to intervene in a dispute between a man and a woman over the woman's Puerto Rico flag shirt has resigned, officials said Wednesday evening.
A woman who was visiting Caldwell Woods on June 14 complained that a man approached her and questioned her citizenship, telling her she shouldn't be wearing the Puerto Rico shirt, even though the Caribbean island is a USA commonwealth and its residents are considered American citizens. 62-year-old Timothy Trybus can be heard saying in the video, verbally berating Mia Irizarry at Caldwell Woods. He had previously been charged with misdemeanor assault for the incident.
He is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Friday. "Are you a United States citizen?"
"I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do?"
Video of the June 14 incident shows the officer didn't respond.
At one point Irizzary's brother returns from grabbing food for the party and tries to get Trybus to leave her alone.
Cook County Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" García had called for such charges against Trybus a day earlier. "If you're an American, you wouldn't be wearing that". Connor is seen walking away.
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The Forest Preserves confirmed they launched an investigation into the response of the officer, with Connor assigned to desk duty pending the outcome.
The officer can then be seen talking to the man who gesticulates back and tells him to "shut the f*** up".
Eventually the first officer on the scene takes notes of Irizarry's account of the incident and says that he was at the scene due to the separate incident, noting that she was not being attacked though acknowledging she felt threatened. "At the same time, this video will help inform ongoing officer training so we can all learn from this unfortunate episode".
'People have just as much right to be here as you do, ' she can be heard telling him in the clip.
The anger over the incident also attracted the attention of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.
Cook County Forest Preserve officials said Thursday they had planned to interview the officer involved in a now-viral Puerto Rico t-shirt video - but that he resigned before they could do so. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in USA presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections. We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.