Man charged with hate crime over Puerto Rican shirt incident

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Timothy Trybus was seen in a viral video berating a woman for wearing a T-shirt of the Puerto Rican flag, and now the 62-year-old man is facing hate crime charges for the alleged assault. He has a bail hearing Friday afternoon in Skokie. The suspect, who is subject to electronic monitoring, is due in court again on August 1.

Trybus will be represented by a public defender, but one has not been assigned to him yet, the public defender's office said. Arnold Randall said: "Conner was not allowed on patrol duty immediately following the incident".

Officer Patrick Connor was supposed to have a sit down with his bosses about the incident, but instead he quit on July 11, The Chicago-Sun Times reported. Many had called on the police department to fire Conner, who was seen in the background of the video, but failed to step in to help the woman. The officer initially appears to ignore the pleas.

She was in a gazebo she had reserved for a birthday party. It also had "Puerto Rico" written below the neckline. The video showed the woman pleading with the man to leave her alone, though he repeatedly returned to yell at her for wearing the Puerto Rican flag and appeared to shove the woman.

Forest preserve officials said they "are further addressing aspects of this incident" and more details are forthcoming.

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"Given his decision to resign, he won't be offering any additional comment on what might have happened during this situation", she said.

Cook County Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" García called for a hate crime charge beforehand, according to the Chicago Tribune. He was previously charged with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. "We can not allow that ugly rhetoric to be the norm in Cook County".

He said his agency would re-examine the diversity training for its officers and other employees.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America. Are you a citizen?"

"You're not an American", Trybus tells Irizarry.

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"I wonder where they get such an idea?"

Before the June 14 incident, Irizarry had little experience with racism, she said.

In the video, Connor can be seen walking away. "Then you should not be wearing that", he continued. He also ordered him placed on electronic home monitoring, to undergo alcohol assessment, and prohibited him from having any contact with Irizarry or any witnesses in the case or set foot on forest preserve property.

The officer "needs to be reprimanded because my life was put at risk", Irizarry said. He started yelling at her, asking among other things, if she is a USA citizen. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in U.S. presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections.

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