Man charged with hate crime over Puerto Rican shirt incident

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An Illinois man captured on a viral cell phone video harassing a woman for wearing a shirt that featured the Puerto Rican flag has been charged with a felony hate crime, the Chicago Tribune reported. Officers later said he appeared intoxicated. The forest preserve officer seen in the background of the video and not coming to her aid resigned Wednesday.

Irizzary was wearing a shirt made to look like the Puerto Rico flag, with the words "Puerto Rico" written on the top.

Trybus is scheduled for his first court appearance August 1, said the Cook County Circuit Court.

I showed my official ID as a Member of Congress, to which the officer said, "I don't think so", indicating that she thought my ID was a fake and that I couldn't possibly be a Member of Congress.

The Forest Preserves confirmed they launched an investigation into the response of the officer, with Connor assigned to desk duty pending the outcome.

Irizzary then tries to plead with policeman again, saying: 'Officer, I paid for a permit for this area, I do not feel comfortable here, is there anything you can do?'

"You're not an American", Trybus screamed at Irizarry.

"We don't know what was happening outside the video; we don't know what was going on inside his (Conner's) head at the time", the attorney, Tamara Cummings, said Thursday.

Trybus was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct, according to the Forest Preserves. on.

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What unfolds over the 30-minutes is a man physically and verbally intimidating a very polite and poised 24 year old American woman, while a uniformed police officer stands by and does nothing to intervene or help.

Almost half of Americans are unaware that Puerto Ricans are United States citizens, according to polling taken after the island was rocked by a hurricane last September.

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. The agency tweeted Monday that an investigation of the officer is ongoing.

The female officer then speaks with Irizarry, who gives her version of the incident, and the officer explains they were called to the area after a report a man was choking a woman.

More police arrive, and Irizarry says she still doesn't feel safe.

"And when you're drunk, you don't belong here", the officer tells Trybus.

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

Even Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló weighed in, saying on Twitter that he was "appalled", and that "a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere". President Woodrow Wilson in 1917 signed into law the Jones-Shafroth Act, granting USA citizenship to residents of Puerto Rico.

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