Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Man faces hate crime charges over racist Puerto Rico shirt rant

Man faces hate crime charges over racist Puerto Rico shirt rant

The man seen in a viral video harassing a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt has been charged with a hate crime.

A woman who was visiting Caldwell Woods on June 14 complained that a man approached her and questioned her citizenship, telling her she shouldn't be wearing the Puerto Rico shirt, even though the Caribbean island is a USA commonwealth and its residents are considered American citizens.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the Cook County state attorney's office announced Timothy Trybus was charged with two counts of a felony hate crime, which add to the charges of misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct he was already facing.

He has been charged with disorderly conduct and assault.

As for Trybus, he was released on bond and has a court appearance scheduled on August 1. She posted the video to Facebook.

"The world is not going to change the United States of America". "I told him I was uncomfortable multiple times".

Video of the June 14 incident shows the officer didn't respond.

At one point in the video, Irizarry tries to move away from Trybus and walks out from under a pavilion, but he follows her as Connor appears not to approach them.

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

Puerto Rico is a US territory and its residents are USA citizens, yet Trybus, who is white, told Irizarry that "if you're an American citizen, you should not be wearing that".

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The Forest Preserves of Cook County had previously said the officer had been placed on desk duty as it investigated the incident.

A second officer eventually arrives to speak to Trybus.

Irizarry filmed the video about a month ago, but it has gained recent traction and since been watched more than a million times.

Mobile video shows the officer, Patrick Connor, appearing to ignore the woman's pleas that he intervene as a white man repeatedly jabs his finger at her.

"You don't come here harassing people", the officer continues.

More officers then arrive at the scene and a female cop sits Trybus down and threatens to charge him.

"OK, OK", Ms Irizarry says, trying to placate him. The island is a US commonwealth, and Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

I was new and I was dressed somewhat casually because we were just returning from a Puerto Rican celebration and my daughter was carrying a Puerto Rican flag.

'We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.

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