Police officer resigns ahead of hearing on Puerto Rico shirt incident

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Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Illinois, spoke on the House floor Thursday about the woman who was harassed for wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt in Caldwell Woods last month. Trybus was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

A woman who was visiting Caldwell Woods on June 14 complained that a man approached her and questioned her citizenship, telling her she shouldn't be wearing the Puerto Rico shirt, even though the Caribbean island is a USA commonwealth and its residents are considered American citizens.

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'.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", Trybus said in a video that Irizarry posted on Facebook.

Irizarry informs her accuser that Puerto Rico is part of the United States.

In a tweet, the Forest Preserves said Officer Patrick Connor no longer serves in the police department of the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

At one point in the video, Irizarry tries to move away from Trybus and walks out from under a pavilion, but he follows her as Connor appears not to approach them.

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

He added that the park staff had apologised directly to Ms Irizarry and refunded the money she paid for her permit.

"Officer, I'm renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt I'm wearing, ' Irizzary then tells the cop, who had already been called to the scene to investigate Trybus" intoxicated behavior.

"He's very distraught and not happy about having to leave employment much sooner than he intended, but because of the strong reaction from the public and political figures, he thought it would be unrealistic to stay as an officer". The man resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American. Are you a United States citizen?" "At the same time, this video will help inform ongoing officer training so we can all learn from this unfortunate episode".

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

Rosello also called on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to take the matter "into her hands". Meanwhile an investigation into the incident continues despite the officer's resignation.

'You're not going to change us, you know that, ' Trybus tells her in the clip.

And, while most police officers would have done the right thing in that incident, this guy was caught on tape doing the wrong thing, or more accurately, doing nothing, at all. She said the group politely complied but her Puerto Rico shirt appeared to act as a trigger to the man.

Quick aside and history lesson: Puerto Ricans are indeed US citizens.

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