Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Man faces hate crime charges over racist Puerto Rico shirt rant

Man faces hate crime charges over racist Puerto Rico shirt rant

A United States police officer has quit amid an inquiry into his response to a woman who was racially harassed while wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt. "The investigation is ongoing and the officer involved has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome".

"That officer did absolutely nothing, he did zero", Irizarry said during the video.

"But that isn't where our work ends", they said in a statement, adding: "We are further addressing aspects of this incident". As of Thursday morning, the video had be seen 1.5 million times.

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.

The Forest Preserves of Cook County confirmed that Officer Patrick Connor no longer works for the department following an incident filmed on June 14, which went viral almost a month later. "He basically got in my face, damn near nearly touched me", Irizarry is heard saying to the camera during the incident.

In the video of the June 14 incident, which has since been widely circulated online, Trybus is heard repeatedly questioning the woman's citizenship and told her she shouldn't be wearing her Puerto Rican flag shirt.

Puerto Rico is a US territory, and its residents are American citizens. "I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he didn't do anything".

Coming closer, the man says: "You're not gonna change us, you know that?" As Trybus continues to harass her other officers arrived and a female police officer finally steps in on behalf of Irizarry.

Puerto Rico is a USA commonwealth with its own constitution, rather than a state.

'If she's an American citizen, why is she wearing that s**t?' Trybus shouts.

'People have just as much right to be here as you do, ' she can be heard telling him in the clip.

More officers arrived and arrested the man, who was described as drunk. Footage of the incident, captured on Facebook Live last month, has gone viral, and it even drew the attention of Puerto Rico's governor.

"He failed to de-escalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety".

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.

On Twitter, he said: "We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background".

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