Police officer resigns ahead of hearing on Puerto Rico shirt incident

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A man who was recorded haranguing a woman for wearing a Puerto Rico flag shirt at an IL park has been charged with a hate crime. Trybus was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

Mia Irizarry said she was celebrating her 24th birthday at Caldwell Woods park when the man approached her and asked her why she was wearing the sleeveless Puerto Rico flag shirt.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", the man, identified as 62-year-old Timothy Trybus shouts. 'The world is not going to change the United States of America.

Irizarry says Puerto Rico is part of the United States and the man approaches her multiple times.

"Officer, officer? I feel highly uncomfortable".

Officer Patrick Connor was supposed to have a sit down with his bosses about the incident, but instead he quit on July 11, The Chicago-Sun Times reported. He was supposed to face a disciplinary hearing Thursday.

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

The incident was condemned by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, who said he was "appalled, shocked and disturbed" by the officer's behavior. "If you're an American, you wouldn't be wearing that".

Mia Irizarry posted a video that went viral, capturing an ugly scene as she was trying to celebrate her 24th birthday peacefully in the Forest Preserves of Cook County in IL in June.

"The video does not look good, but anybody who is a football fan knows that the video does not tell the whole story", Tamara Cummings, general counsel for the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, said.

"You're not an American", Trybus tells Irizarry. Please let's just do this all together, if you see hate, stand up and speak.

The suspect continued to harangue Ms Irizarry for about 10 minutes before other officers arrived and arrested him.

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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.

Several different versions of the video have appeared across social media, but they all show a man, later identified by authorities as Trybus, berating a woman.

There was also a comment at the end "Why don't you and your people go back where you came from".

In an earlier statement, the police said that an investigation had been launched and the officer had been placed on desk duty.

Irizarry can be heard explaining to the officer the incident began when they had asked the group the man was in if they could move as they had a permit for the area.

"You shouldn't be wearing that", he said, referring to a shirt that read Puerto Rico and displayed the flag.

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I showed my official ID as a Member of Congress, to which the officer said, "I don't think so", indicating that she thought my ID was a fake and that I couldn't possibly be a Member of Congress. "This is not the America we all believe in".

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