US man charged with hate crime over shirt incident

Glen Norman
July 14, 2018

Had the hearing not gone well, Connor could have been suspended or fired.

Irizarry complains to a Cook County Forest Preserves officer that the man is harassing her. She said that "just encouraged (Trybus) to be more aggressive".

As ABC News noted, the incident took place on June 14, but gained interest when a video went viral this week.

Officer Patrick Connor, a10-year veteran, was scheduled to explain to his superiors today why he did nothing as a woman was berated by a belligerent man who was allegedly drunk, and cursed the woman for wearing the shirt, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

When asked who she found most offensive, Connor or Trybus, she replied: "They are equally offensive". She even stated that she felt highly uncomfortable as the man questions her citizenship and loyalty to the USA, and tells her she "should not be wearing that in the United States of America". Are you a citizen?

"Are you a United States citizen? Then you should not be wearing that". Irizarry said the officer was a "coward" for resigning. "I am renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing". She asks the officer for help, saying the man is making her feel uncomfortable. "Can you please get away from me?" As we said yesterday, if a white woman said she was being harassed by a Black or Latin person, the police would have reacted with a quickness. He had previously been charged with misdemeanor assault for the incident.

Irizarry posted the video of Trybus's racist rant and Officer Connor's lack of response on Facebook, where it attracted huge attention across the country and around the world. It also had "Puerto Rico" written below the neckline.

One of his tweets said, "The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity". "We all need to stand up to this behavior". The officer initially appears to ignore the pleas. "We should be able to depend on a police officer to control the situation". 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.

Garcia called Connor's resignation "a commonsense decision after his inaction and failure to serve Cook County".

Meanwhile, the Forest Preserves issued its own apology for what happened.

"Cook County Government must not only review the types of trainings that officers and staff in all departments receive, but how they are implemented and held accountable".

Trybus could face up to five years in prison for each of the hate crime charges.

Lonnie Nasatir, midwest regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, told the Chicago Tribune that a hate-crime charge might be warranted. Timothy Trybus was originally charged with simple assault for the incident, but this week, the Cook County State Attorney's Office announced that he would also be facing a felony hate crime charge.

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