Officer resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

Blanche Robertson
July 13, 2018

The Illinois Police officer who did not step in when a woman at a park was being harassed by a man because she was wearing a Puerto Rico shirt, resigned on Wednesday.

"That officer did absolutely nothing, he did zero", Irizarry said during the video.

Mia Irizarry posted a Facebook video of the alleged incident, appearing to show a man, later identified by the department as Timothy Tybus, approaching her and criticizing her T-shirt, which is designed with the Puerto Rican flag.

Officer Connor was set to have a disciplinary hearing Thursday, but resigned Wednesday night instead.

An emailed statement from a spokesperson of the Forest Preserves has the officer's last name spelled as Conner.

As the woman pleads for help from the officer, Connor appears to simply ignore her. "He basically got in my face, damn near nearly touched me", Irizarry is heard saying to the camera during the incident.

'If she's an American citizen, why is she wearing that s**t?' Trybus shouts.

Irizarry: I'm not trying to change anyone, I'm just trying to come here for a birthday party.

Trybus: The world is not going to change the United States of America.

"You should not be wearing that shirt in the United States of America. Are you a citizen?"

Irizarry: Yes I am a citizen. The man resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that".

Irizarry: Can you please get away from me. "Are you a United States citizen?"

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

"As you can see the police are not even - he's not even grabbing him".

In response to this exchange, Connor looked away and moved back toward his patrol vehicle. Cook County prosecutors are considering felony hate crime charge. At one stage he made what appeared to be a garbled threat that "You know what, I got some really really really nieces and nephews that'll go down on you".

In the video, Trybus, 62, demands to know why the woman is wearing a shirt displaying the Puerto Rican flag.

Irizarry has not responded to multiple requests for an interview. About 10 minutes into the video, more police officers arrived.

Records show Connor had been with the force since 2006.

Pope added that the Forest Preserves District had "sincerely apologized" to Irizarry. We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.

Me personally, I believe that this officer did not do his duty, and I will not accept anything else but this officer's termination.

On Monday, Forest Preserves of Cook County, which administers the park, tweeted that it was aware of the June 14 incident and video, and that it had launched an investigation.

The female officer then speaks with Irizarry, who gives her version of the incident and the officer explains that they were called to the area after a report that a man was choking a woman.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló was among those who condemned the video.

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