Man who harassed woman over Puerto Rico shirt charged with hate crime

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The episode took place last month in Caldwell Woods, a park in northern Chicago.

In the video of the June 14 incident, which has since been widely circulated online, Trybus is heard repeatedly questioning the woman's citizenship and told her she shouldn't be wearing her Puerto Rican flag shirt. VIDEO: Man harasses woman for wearing Puerto Rico shirt in Illinois Trybus is then seen asking her if she's an American saying, "Are you a citizen?"

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.

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. Are you a citizen?'

'The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity, ' Rosello continued in a separate tweet. "Then you should not be wearing that".

One of the other responding officers tells Trybus that he can't be harassing people, adding that people have just as much right to be in the park as he does. "I am renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing". The video shows the officer appearing not to move any closer to the pair or do anything to actively end the situation.

In the unedited video, Mr Connor is seen trying to reassure the victim that Mr Trybus does not pose a threat to her safety. "I told him I was uncomfortable multiple times".

Finally an uninvolved bystander, who had been watching the scene unfold, called for more police. Timothy Trybus, 62, was eventually arrested and charged with a misdemeanor, but prosecutors are considering hate crime charges.

The video, posted on Facebook, has been viewed millions of times.

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U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez applauded the hate crime charges and said: "There should be consequences". He and his wife sent flowers to Mia Irizarry with a note saying "We are proud of you".

The incident had drawn an immediate backlash, with a number of local politicians and some from Puerto Rico condemning the attack. Spencer, speaking about America, told the Los Angeles Times in 2016: "We live in a multi-cultural country where now, European Americans are being dispossessed".

Cook County Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" García had called for such charges against Trybus a day earlier.

Mia Irizarry posted a Facebook video of the alleged incident, appearing to show a man, later identified by the department as Timothy Tybus, approaching her and criticizing her T-shirt, which is designed with the Puerto Rican flag.

Cook County Commission President Toni Preckwinkle called Gov. Rossello and offered him her personal apology.

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

The Forest Preserves confirmed they launched an investigation into the response of the officer, with Connor assigned to desk duty pending the outcome. 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 condemned Connor's inaction to serve and especially protect the woman.

Randall said the Forest Preserve refunded Irizarry permit fee and apologized.

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