The Chicago man shown in a viral video berating a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag T-shirt has been charged with a felony hate crime.
Mia Irizarry posted a video that went viral, capturing an ugly scene as she was trying to celebrate her 24th birthday peacefully in the Forest Preserves of Cook County in IL in June.
"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", the man, identified as 62-year-old Timothy Trybus shouts. He had previously been charged with misdemeanor assault for the incident.
Trybus has a bail hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday in Skokie. She posted the video to Facebook. "You should be wearing United States of America flag", he said. The agency tweeted Monday that an investigation of the officer is ongoing.
"I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do?"
Video of the incident shows the officer nearby but not responding.
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.
A representative of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's office declined comment about the charges. "Are you a United States citizen?"
The Forest Preserves confirmed they launched an investigation into the response of the officer, with Connor assigned to desk duty pending the outcome. In the background, a police officer is standing outside the park pavilion.
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More police arrive and Irizarry says she still doesn't feel safe.
'People have just as much right to be here as you do, ' she can be heard telling him in the clip.
Irizzary then begins to talk to her Facebook Live viewers, saying: 'As you can see the police are not even, he's not even grabbing him'.
Mobile video shows the officer, Patrick Connor, appearing to ignore the woman's pleas that he intervene as a white man repeatedly jabs his finger at her.
"It's up to each and every one of us to present a better model to demonstrate with our own actions how to treat each other with more respect", he told reporters Thursday. More officers eventually arrived and arrested the man.
Quick aside and history lesson: Puerto Ricans are indeed USA citizens.
Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth with its own constitution, rather than a state.
'We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.