Police officer resigns ahead of hearing on Puerto Rico shirt incident

Woman harassed for wearing Puerto Rico shirt

A police officer has resigned amid an investigation into his response to a woman who said she was being harassed in a Chicago forest preserve for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag. A 62 year old man who police have identified as Timothy Tybus verbally abused and harassed Ms. Irizarry as she was wearing a shirt that depicts the flag of our USA colony of Puerto Rico.

Prosecutors are considering whether to file hate crime charges in the case, Cook County state's attorney's spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said Thursday. He had previously been charged with misdemeanor assault for the incident. She posted the video to Facebook. "I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he didn't do anything".

Video of the incident shows the officer nearby but not responding.

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

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle called Trybus' behavior "abusive and offensive" and said Connor should have intervened.

But the video makes clear that we all have to step up to defend the United States from this tide of bullying, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia, and stand up for what America is really all about.

Prior to his resignation, Conner had been placed on desk duty in the wake of the June 14 harassment incident. In the background, a police officer is standing outside the park pavilion.

Irizzary then begins to talk to her Facebook Live viewers, saying: 'As you can see the police are not even, he's not even grabbing him'.

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Officer Connor was set to have a disciplinary hearing Thursday, but resigned Wednesday night instead. "You don't come here harassing people", she says.

Irizarry filmed the video about a month ago, but it has gained recent traction and since been watched more than a million times. The footage showed the officer seemingly ignoring the woman's requests for his help as she explains that the man is harassing her and that she has a permit to be in the public space.

A much longer video - around 36 minutes - shows Connor taking a statement from the woman and her brother, but after additional officers arrive at the scene. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in USA presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections.

The flag of Puerto Rico flies outside the island's Capitol building in San Juan, July 29, 2015.

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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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