Man faces hate crime charges over racist Puerto Rico shirt rant

A Chicago man is accused of harassing a woman wearing a shirt of the Puerto Rican flag in a Cook County Forest Preserve after a viral video showed the confrontation. A forest preserve police officer is seen only in the background of a video above of

A Chicago man is accused of harassing a woman wearing a shirt of the Puerto Rican flag in a Cook County Forest Preserve after a viral video showed the confrontation. A forest preserve police officer is seen only in the background of a video above of

The Cook County Forest Preserve Police Officer that seemingly stood by while a woman was berated resigned Wednesday night, days after the video sparked outrage around the world. The officer initially appears to ignore the pleas.

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

The video shows him approaching her, asking why she is wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt with the words "Puerto Rico" written below the neckline.

"But that isn't where our work ends", the statement read. He has a bail hearing Friday afternoon in Skokie.

"That officer did absolutely nothing - he did absolutely zero", Irizarry said in the video, which was streamed from her Facebook profile on June 14, but gained a wider audience this week.

"The investigation is ongoing and the officer involved has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome. You know that right?" says the man, who appears to be intoxicated.

In the video, posted to Facebook by Irizarry, he can be seen repeatedly coming towards her while shouting at her as she asks him to stop.

Irizarry filmed the video about a month ago, but it has gained recent traction and since been watched more than a million times. The Tribune said these are "enhancements" on prior charges of misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct.

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The officer can then be seen talking to the man who gesticulates back and tells him to "shut the f*** up". "Are you a United States citizen?" he screamed, referring to the shirt as "un-American".

Timothy Trybus, 62, kept harassing Irizarry.

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.

Mr Trybus continued to harangue Ms Irizarry for about 10 minutes before other officers arrived and arrested him. "People have just as much right to be here as you do, and when you're drunk you don't belong here". Officer Connor's actions came under intense fire based on the video.

Eventually the first officer on the scene takes notes of Irizarry's account of the incident and says that he was at the scene due to the separate incident, noting that she was not being attacked though acknowledging she felt threatened.

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

When the video started gaining media attention earlier this week, politicians including Puerto Rico's governor and Cook County politicians weighed in. President Woodrow Wilson in 1917 signed into law the Jones-Shafroth Act, granting US citizenship to residents of Puerto Rico. Meanwhile an investigation into the incident continues despite the officer's resignation.

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