A woman shown on a video being confronted by a man because she was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag said Friday that the only action a park officer took to defuse the situation was to tell her cousin who'd stepped in to protect her to calm down.
Timothy Trybus, 62, of Des Plaines now is charged with two felony counts of committing a hate crime in addition to misdemeanor counts of assault and disorderly conduct he already faced.
"A charge for simple assault or disorderly conduct is not sufficient", García said. He gets closer to her and asks "Are you a citizen?"
On Wednesday, Patrick Connor, a Forest Preserves of Cook County police officer who was being investigated for allegedly failing to act during the harassment resigned on Wednesday, and the county board commissioner on Thursday apologized and called the incident "truly appalling, gut wrenching, and a real wake-up call to everyone".
"Mr. Trybus asked me twice if the shirt I was wearing is a Texas state flag", Irizarry said, speaking to reporters in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, police may add "hate crime" to those charges.
In an interview on Thursday, Irizarry said she was wearing the shirt because it was Puerto Rican pride weekend. "It was threatening and menacing and obviously full of racial ethnic hatred". He also ordered him placed on electronic home monitoring, to undergo alcohol assessment, and prohibited him from having any contact with Irizarry or any witnesses in the case or set foot on forest preserve property.
"I can honestly say that I feared for my safety", said Irizarry, who was at the site celebrating her 24th birthday. As we said yesterday, if a white woman said she was being harassed by a Black or Latin person, the police would have reacted with a quickness.
Later she says: "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove ... please officer" as the officer is seen walking away from her.
"You don't come here harassing people", the officer continues.
The female officer then speaks with Irizarry, who gives her version of the incident and the officer explains that they were called to the area after a report that a man was choking a woman.
The officer "needs to be reprimanded because my life was put at risk", Irizarry said. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in USA presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections.