A police officer who drew criticism for allegedly failing to intervene in a dispute between a man and a woman over the woman's Puerto Rico flag shirt has resigned, officials said Wednesday evening.
Mia Irizarry says she was celebrating her 24th birthday at Caldwell Woods park when the man approached her and asked her why she was wearing the sleeveless Puerto Rico flag shirt.
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Timothy Trybus, 62, originally faced misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charges for the incident where he angrily confronted the woman and told her she "shouldn't be wearing that" - referring to the shirt.
Trybus has a bail hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday in Skokie. But it became widely known this week when a video of the encounter was posted on social media, prompting condemnation from many local activists and politicians and from the governor of Puerto Rico.
'If she's an American citizen, why is she wearing that s**t?' Trybus shouts. "I told him I was uncomfortable multiple times".
What does the video show?
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. "Are you a United States citizen?" In the background, a police officer is standing outside the park pavilion.
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Connor was initially placed on desk duty as the investigation got underway.
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Forest preserve officials said Officer Patrick Connor resigned late Wednesday. The footage showed the officer seemingly ignoring the woman's requests for his help as she explains that the man is harassing her and that she has a permit to be in the public space.
The Forest Preserve Superintendent will speak more about the matter Thursday morning.
More officers then arrive at the scene and a female cop sits Trybus down and threatens to charge him.
Puerto Rico is a USA commonwealth with its own constitution, rather than a state. "Is there anything you can do?" she said. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in United States presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections.
On Twitter, he said: "We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background".