Officer resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

Officer resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

Officer Who Didn’t Step In When Woman In Puerto Rico Shirt Was Harassed Resigns

The Cook County Forest Preserve District police officer who resigned after being caught on video seemingly ignoring a woman's call for help did not leave "in good standing", and an investigation into his conduct continues, the district's superintendent said Thursday.

A Forest Preserve District spokeswoman released a statement: "Effective today, Officer Patrick Connor no longer serves in the police department of the Forest Preserves of Cook County".

He says he was there for a separate incident and notes that she was not being attacked.

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.

Irizzary had paid for a permit to hold a birthday party at Caldwell Woods when the man - who has been identified as Timothy Trybus - first approached her.

PHOTO: A then-unidenfied man, pictured, was shown harassing the woman, questioning her citizenship.

'Are you educated?' Trybus asks her in the clip. "If you're an American, you wouldn't be wearing that".

Ms Irizarry asks a park police officer who has arrived for help, saying: "I am renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing".

The island of Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory.

"You are not going to change us, you know that, right?" Then you should not be wearing that", and "I would like to know is she an American citizen?

In the video, Connor watched as Trybus said things like "Are you a citizen?"

"I felt so drawn out", she said in the interview.

'This guy is just walking up to me, he basically got in my face'.

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

But the officer continues to do nothing or even move closer to Irizzary as the man continues to approach her.

Mr Trybus continued to harangue Ms Irizarry for about 10 minutes before other officers arrived and arrested him. We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.

"A charge for simple assault or disorderly conduct is not sufficient", García said.

Irizarry spoke to the Puerto Rican Cultural Center earlier this week.

Connor's resignation announced Wednesday came amid a growing chorus of calls for him to lose his job over the encounter, which happened in mid-June but became an global scandal this week when video footage of the incident went viral and drew millions of views. The agency tweeted Monday that an investigation of the officer is ongoing.

"He failed to de-escalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety". "You should be wearing United States of America flag", he said.

'We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background. This is not the America we all believe in'.

Preckwinkle called the video "completely unacceptable" and said she was "troubled" by the officer's response to the "terrible" incident.

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