Man Who Berated Woman In Puerto Rico Shirt Charged With Hate Crime

Larry Hoffman
July 14, 2018

The Facebook Live video, filmed by Mia Irizarry, shows her being continually abused by a man later identified as 62-year-old Timothy G. Trybus at a picnic area in Cook County, Illinois.

"You're not an American", Trybus tells Irizarry. 'The world is not going to change the United States of America.

A woman had accused Officer Patrick Connor of standing by as a man harassed her for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag, saying it was un-American. He gets closer to her and asks "Are you a citizen?" 'Why are you wearing that?' "I am renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing".

Later, she says: "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove... please, officer" as the officer is seen walking away from her.

The officer can then be seen talking to the man who gesticulates back and tells him to "shut the f*** up".

That's when the officer finally speaks up, telling the brother to "relax". She asks the officer for help, saying the man is making her feel uncomfortable.

Rosello also called on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to take the matter "into her hands".

Irizarry said she received an apology from the forest preserve shortly after she posted the video.

Puerto Rico is a us commonwealth. He and his wife sent flowers to Mia Irizarry with a note saying "We are proud of you".

22 years after that incident, we are still seeing the same kind of bigotry, the same kind of misunderstanding about Latinos and who Puerto Ricans are, and the same fear that we are outsiders who don't belong here.

One of his tweets said, "The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity". "We should be able to depend on a police officer to control the situation". This is not the America we all believe in'.

Cook County Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" García had called for hate crimes charges against Trybus.

It's not clear when the investigation into the officer's response will be completed.

She said the incident went on much longer than the video showed, even after Trybus was in custody and placed in a squad vehicle.

Prior to his resignation, Conner had been placed on desk duty in the wake of the June 14 harassment incident. The hearing scheduled for July 12, almost a month after the incident occurred, would have been the first official action taken by Cook County officials. They also said that more officers responded and arrested Trybus when the first officer asked for assistance on the radio. I've seen the video and I'm outraged that this would happen anywhere, let alone and especially sad that it happened in our forest preserve system. Cook County Government must not only "review the types of training that officers and staff in all departments receive but how they are implemented and held accountable".

It'll now be up to a judge or jury to decide whether Trybus' actions that day rise to the level of a hate crime. The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

Lonnie Nasatir, midwest regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, told the Chicago Tribune that a hate-crime charge might be warranted.

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