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 later charged with assault and disorderly conduct.
The video of the June 14 encounter at the Caldwell Woods forest preserve in Chicago went viral, showing a man harassing Mia Irizarry, 24, for her choice of clothing, and asking if she's a citizen. 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 US colony of Puerto Rico.
In the video, Trybus can be seen approaching the woman and pointing at her shirt as he berates her.
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.
The video also shows Irizarry ask a nearby officer, Connor, for help, but he does not appear to intervene. She said she was thankful officials recognized the behavior of the officer was wrong.
Connor, who has been with the force since 2006, was scheduled for a disciplinary hearing Thursday.
The Facebook Live video, filmed by Mia Irizarry, shows her being continually abused by a man later identified as 62-year-old Timothy G. Trybus at a picnic area in Cook County, Illinois.
"I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do?"
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Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló was among those who condemned the video. If you were American, you wouldn't wear that.
Cook County Commission President Toni Preckwinkle called Gov. Rossello and offered him her personal apology. "Are you a citizen?" the man can be heard saying in a video recording of the incident posted on Facebook. We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.
More police arrive, and Irizarry says she still doesn't feel safe.
Connor, a 12-year veteran with the county, was placed on desk duty and stepped down on Wednesday.
Irizarry can be heard explaining to the officer that 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.
'If she's an American citizen, why is she wearing that s**t?' Trybus shouts. We are further addressing aspects of this incident and General Superintendent Arnold Randall will have more details at a media availability tomorrow morning.
At one point Irizzary's brother returns from grabbing food for the party and tries to get Trybus to leave her alone. She said the group politely complied but her Puerto Rico shirt appeared to act as a trigger to the man.
One of the other responding officers tells Trybus that he can't be harassing people, adding that people have just as much right to be in the park as he does.
Supt Randall said that Ms Irizarry deserved to be praised for her response amid a national trend of "racially charged, abusive incidents we're seeing throughout the country".