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Officer resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

13 July 2018

An Illinois police officer has resigned after being criticized for not intervening as a man harassed a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt.

Mia Irizarry complained that a man at Caldwell Woods was questioning her citizenship and telling her she shouldn't be wearing the shirt, although Puerto Rico is a USA commonwealth.

"After a review of the case, we approved felony hate crimes charges", said Robert Foley, spokesman for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, as reported by the Tribune.

He has been charged with disorderly conduct and assault.

Trybus has a bail hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday in Skokie.

Irizarry said she received an apology from the forest preserve shortly after she posted the video. "You should be wearing United States of America flag", he said.

She says: "Officer, I'm renting, I paid for a permit for this area". 'I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he did not do anything'.

The video shows the officer appearing not to move any closer to the pair or do anything to actively end the situation.

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

But the video makes clear that we all have to step up to defend the United States from this tide of bullying, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia, and stand up for what America is really all about. While Trybus shouts at her, points at her face and follows her around part of the park, Connor can be seen standing about 20 feet away with his hands against his chest. Other officers eventually arrived and arrested the man.

PHOTO: A then-unidenfied man, pictured, was shown harassing the woman, questioning her citizenship.

In an earlier statement, the police said that an investigation had been launched and the officer had been placed on desk duty.

By now most of us have seen the video of that incident.

More police arrive and Irizarry says she still doesn't feel safe.

"Effective today, Officer Patrick Connor no longer serves in the police department of the Forest Preserves of Cook County".

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

Quick aside and history lesson: Puerto Ricans are indeed USA citizens.

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

Officer resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt