A man who can be seen in a video chastising a woman at a Chicago forest preserve for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag on it has been charged with committing a hate crime, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office announced Thursday.
In the video posted on social media and widely viewed, a man later identified by authorities as Trybus can be seen berating the woman on June 14 at Caldwell Woods.
"The 10-year veteran officer resigned late Wednesday, according to Cook County Forest Preserve District officials, rather than fight to keep his badge over the encounter that has been recorded and viewed millions of times, drawing global scorn for Connor's inaction", the outlet reported.
"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America".
Conner's inaction sparked intense criticism, prompting him to resign on Thursday, Arnold Randall, a Forest Preserve District of Cook County official said on Thursday.
Officer Patrick Connor, 56 and a 10-year veteran of the force, resigned late Wednesday, July 11, the day before he was to explain the incident at an Internal Affairs disciplinary hearing, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.More news: 20 million watched England World Cup victory against Sweden
Nasatir, a former Cook County prosecutor, pointed out that under IL law, Trybus might be guilty of a hate crime if any of his actions were motivated by his bias against the victim, "From the statements (Trybus) made, and the language used, it's something that certainly should be seriously looked at to see if the hate crime enhancement is appropriate", he said. He had previously been charged with misdemeanor assault for the incident.
Timothy G.Trybus repeatedly walked away and returned to heap more abuse on Mia Irizarry. It also had "Puerto Rico" written below the neckline.
When asked who she found most offensive, Connor or Trybus, she replied: "They are equally offensive".
Tamara Cummings, general counsel for the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council said about the deplorable incident: "The video does not look good, but anybody who is a football fan knows that the video does not tell the whole story. Are you a United States citizen?" he screamed, referring to the shirt as "un-American".
"I can honestly say that I feared for my safety", said Irizarry, who was at the site celebrating her 24th birthday. "Can you please get away from me?" "Then you should not be wearing that". Puerto Rico is a us commonwealth. "We all need to stand up to this behavior". She said it took two hours before officers arrested Trybus for disorderly conduct.