Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

IL cop resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

IL cop resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Illinois, spoke on the House floor Thursday about the woman who was harassed for wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt in Caldwell Woods last month.

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 US commonwealth and its residents are considered American citizens.

"After a review of the case, we approved felony hate crimes charges", said Robert Foley, spokesman for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. He had previously been charged with misdemeanor assault for the incident.

As for Trybus, he was released on bond and has a court appearance scheduled on August 1.

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

Almost half of Americans are unaware that Puerto Ricans are United States citizens, according to polling taken after the island was rocked by a hurricane last September. The agency tweeted Monday that an investigation of the officer is ongoing.

Preckwinkle called the video "completely unacceptable" and said she was "troubled" by the officer's response to the "terrible" incident.

For several minutes the man berates Irizarry and at one point stands a few inches from her.

"You should not be wearing that shirt in the United States of America".

The forest preserve district says officials continue to investigate the incident.

Later she says: "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove ... please officer" as the officer is seen walking away from her.

Officer Patrick Connor had been placed on desk duty pending an investigation into the matter, and was scheduled to attend a hearing with his bosses on Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

A second officer eventually arrives to speak to Trybus. "At the same time, this video will help inform ongoing officer training so we can all learn from this unfortunate episode". About 10 minutes into the video, more police officers arrived.

PHOTO: A then-unidenfied man, pictured, was shown harassing the woman, questioning her citizenship.

Puerto Rico has been a U.S. territory since 1899.

When our President calls Puerto Ricans lazy and expensive to help, it hurts our nation.

On Twitter, he said: "We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background".

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