Officer resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

The flag of Puerto Rico flies outside the island's Capitol building in San Juan

Officer resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

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. He had previously been charged with misdemeanor assault for the incident.

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.

Irizarry, who was at the park with friends for a birthday party, can be heard on the video telling Trybus that she is indeed an American citizen.

Connor's resignation was "a commonsense decision after his inaction and failure to serve Cook County", Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia said, according to The Chicago-Sun Times. "Are you a United States citizen?"

"All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves", the district said on its official account.

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.

Irizarry said she received an apology from the forest preserve shortly after she posted the video.

In the viral clip a white man approaches her and demands to know why she is wearing her shirt, which had "Puerto Rico" written on it. "Are you a citizen?"

The Cook County Forest Preserve officer can be seen in the video standing in the background, not moving closer as Trybus continued to come up to Irizzary. He was intoxicated at the time, the Forest Preserves of Cook County has said.

I just hope that we all are as poised as Ms. Irizarry was if and when someone gets in our face; whether for wearing a pussy hat, or a hijab, a rainbow flag or a black lives matter t-shirt.

Later, she says: "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove... please, officer" as the officer is seen walking away from her.

Irizzary then tries to plead with policeman again, saying: 'Officer, I paid for a permit for this area, I do not feel comfortable here, is there anything you can do?'

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle released a statement Thursday saying, "Under the leadership of General Superintendent Arnold Randall and his team, the Forest Preserves of Cook County have become a safe, welcoming place of exploration, recreation and leisure for everyone".

It's not clear when the investigation into the officer's response will be completed.

More officers arrived and arrested the man, who was described as drunk.

The female officer then interviews Irizzary, who tells her that the first officer on the scene stood "watching the whole thing happen".

Video of the incident shows the officer nearby but not responding. The island is a USA commonwealth, and Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

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