Illinois Man Calls Woman's Puerto Rican Flag Shirt 'Not American'
13 July, 2018, 15:26 | Author: Sheila Harris
"Are you educated?" Puerto Rico has been a US territory since 1898 and is classified as a Free Associated State or commonwealth.
Mia Irizarry, who said she had rented a forest preserve pavilion for a birthday party, posted the 36-minute video to her Facebook page on June 14.
"We don't know what was happening outside the video; we don't know what was going on inside his (Conner's) head at the time", the attorney, Tamara Cummings, said Thursday.
In the footage, the man can be seen approaching Irizarry saying: "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America".
He'll be asked to clarify why he didn't respond to Mia Irizarry's pleas for help as 62-year-old Timothy Trybus berated her.
"If you're an American citizen, you should not be wearing that shirt in America", he says at another point.
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In a longer version of the video, the officer explains that he was called to the preserve in response to an alleged incident between a man who was with Trybus and another woman, and Connor appears to try to assure the victim that Trybus does not pose any threat to her safety. A female officer asked for the man's ID and can be heard in the video saying, "You don't come here harassing people".
Trybus was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct after more officers arrived on the scene.
"No one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves", Figel said.
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On Tuesday, the Forest Preserve District Police Department announced that it had placed the police officer on desk duty last month pending an internal investigation into his conduct.
Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rossello said while talking to CNN said that he was "shocked, appalled and disgusted" when he watched the video, and labelled the encounter an attack by one American on another.
Another man, who Irizarry later identified as her brother, is heard defending her, getting up close to Trybus and telling him "back up, don't follow her".
He was charged with simple battery, according to an arrest report released Tuesday.
"Officer, officer, I feel highly uncomfortable", Irizarry pleaded with him. 'Why are you wearing that?'
"As you can see, the police are not even - he's not even grabbing him". "People have just as much right to be here as you do, and when you're drunk you don't belong here".
Later in the video, Irizarry comments about the male officer, saying he "did absolutely nothing".
"We will be looking into this incident as our offices in DC are in contact with local and state authorities, demanding that this officer be expelled from the police force", Rossello said. "At the same time, this video will help inform ongoing officer training so we can all learn from this unfortunate episode".
Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917.
"This is not the America we all believe in", he said.
Rosello also called on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to take the matter "into her hands".
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