Cop Resigns In Puerto Rico Shirt Dispute

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Forest Preserves of Cook County officer Patrick Connor resigned late Wednesday while officials investigate his response to a woman who said she was being harassed for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag. The Tribune said these are "enhancements" on prior charges of misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct.

A Forest Preserve District spokeswoman released a statement: "Effective today, Officer Patrick Connor no longer serves in the police department of the Forest Preserves of Cook County".

During the clip, which went on to be viewed almost two million times, Trybus yells at Irizarry that she "should not be wearing that in the United States of America" in reference to her Puerto Rican flag shirt, as well as repeatedly asking if she is an American citizen.

In the video, Trybus can be seen approaching the woman and pointing at her shirt as he berates her. He also questions her about whether she is an American citizen. Her friends can be heard telling him that Puerto Rico is part of the United States. Irizarry can be heard asking a park police officer for help, and telling him she is uncomfortable.

But the officer, Patrick Connor, turns his back and walks towards his patrol vehicle.

At a press conference on Thursday, Superintendent Arnold Randall said Mr Connor was "very remorseful" when he resigned. 'I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he did not do anything'.

The island of Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory. 'Why are you wearing that?'

Still the 36-minute video of the confrontation posted by Mia Irizarry, the woman targeted in the vide left many people upset.

"The video does not look good, but anybody who is a football fan knows that the video does not tell the whole story", Tamara Cummings, general counsel for the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, said.

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And anyone who has eyeballs can see how police do not handle encounters with Black and brown people the same as with whites.

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

On Monday, Forest Preserves of Cook County, which administers the park, tweeted that it was aware of the incident and video, and that it had launched an investigation.

'If she's an American citizen, why is she wearing that s**t?' Trybus shouts.

Connor was put on desk duty immediately after the incident, but nothing more was done for nearly a month.

I showed my official ID as a Member of Congress, to which the officer said, "I don't think so", indicating that she thought my ID was a fake and that I couldn't possibly be a Member of Congress.

Several different versions of the video have appeared across social media, but they all show a man, later identified by authorities as Trybus, berating a woman.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia criticized the district for not acting more swiftly to discipline the officer. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in United States presidential primaries but not in presidential elections.

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