Man faces hate crime charges over racist Puerto Rico shirt rant

A Chicago man is accused of harassing a woman wearing a shirt of the Puerto Rican flag in a Cook County Forest Preserve after a viral video showed the confrontation. A forest preserve police officer is seen only in the background of a video above of

A man who can be seen in a video chastising a woman at a Chicago forest preserve for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag on it has been charged with committing a hate crime, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office announced Thursday. He had previously be charged with misdemeanor assault for the incident.

A man identified as Trybus is seen in a video accosting Mia Irizarry, 24, at the Caldwell Woods forest preserve in Chicago on June 14. A 62 year old man who police have identified as Timothy Tybus verbally abused and harassed Ms. Irizarry as she was wearing a shirt that depicts the flag of our US colony of Puerto Rico.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", he tells her. Officer Connor was caught on camera last month, seemingly standing by as another man scolded Mia Irizarry for wearing a Puerto Rico flag T-shirt.

Irizarry asked why Connor would tell her brother to get back while allowing the aggressive outsider to continue to approach Irizarry and insult her.

Later, she says: "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove... please, officer" as the officer is seen walking away from her. The officer involved in the incident resigned from his position Wednesday night.

Connor, who has been with the force since 2006, was scheduled for a disciplinary hearing Thursday.

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Coming closer, the man says: "You're not gonna change us, you know that?"

The Forest Preserves issued its own apology for what happened.

"The world is not going to change the United States of America".

Then, she says: "Officer, I'm renting, I paid for a permit for this area".

The officer was put on desk duty while officials investigated the incident, but he resigned this week.

'We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background. "I told him I was uncomfortable multiple times".

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The video shows Trybus continuing to confront Irizarry and her friends for about 10 minutes before additional police officers arrive and eventually arrest him. They also said that more officers responded and arrested Trybus when the first officer asked for assistance on the radio.

A female officer asks to see his ID and can be heard telling him that he's intoxicated, to which he replies, "Well that's your judgment". "We intend to use the video in future training exercises for our officers".

"You don't come here harassing people", the officer continues.

Irizarry can be heard explaining to the officer that the incident began when they had asked the group the man was in if they could move as they had a permit for the area.

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

The video of the exchange sparked outrage, and even Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, weighed in and called it "appalling" and he said "a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere". The island is a US commonwealth, and Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

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