Man Who Berated Woman In Puerto Rico Shirt Charged With Hate Crime


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

The woman was at Caldwell Woods Forest Preserve preparing for a birthday party when the 62-year-old Trybus approached and said she shouldn't be wearing the shirt in America, menacingly and ignorantly asking: "Are you a citizen?" The felony hate crime charges are enhancements on the charges of misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct he was originally charged with after the incident. The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

He is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Friday.

She plans to interview all officers at the scene as well as Irizarry and said the video will be used in future training exercises by the Forest Preserves.

"Are you a citizen?" he's also heard saying. Other officers eventually arrived and arrested the man. "We don't know what was going on inside his head".

Irizzary then begins to talk to her Facebook Live viewers, saying: 'As you can see the police are not even, he's not even grabbing him'.

Irizarry called to Connor, "Officer can you ..."

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The officer can then be seen talking to the man who gesticulates back and tells him to "shut the f*** up".

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When the video started gaining media attention earlier this week, politicians including Puerto Rico's governor and Cook County politicians weighed in.

Tamara Cummings, general counsel for the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council said about the deplorable incident: "The video does not look good, but anybody who is a football fan knows that the video does not tell the whole story". The officer is seen walking away. "People have just as much right to be here as you and, when you're drunk, you don't belong here".

Finally an uninvolved bystander, who had been watching the scene unfold, called for more police.

Cook County Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" García had called for hate crimes charges against Trybus.

Connor was relegated to desk duty more than a week after the incident occurred.

Randall, the forest preserves superintendent, said his agency has apologized to Irizarry and refunded the money she had paid for a permit to gather at a picnic table area on the day of the incident. In the background, a police officer is standing outside the park pavilion. These angry outbursts and attacks do not represent our values here at the Forest Preserve system and in Cook County, and are not representing who we are as a country.

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

Since the incident occurred in a public park, it would automatically be upgraded to a Class 3 felony, punishable by between two and 10 years in prison. This is not the America we all believe in'.