Man charged with hate crime over Puerto Rican shirt incident

A Chicago man is accused of harassing a woman wearing a shirt of the Puerto Rican flag in a Cook County Forest Preserve after a viral video showed the confrontation. A forest preserve police officer is seen only in the background of a video above of

Cook County Forest Preserves officials are promising action after a disturbing video showing a woman being harassed over her Puerto Rican flag T-shirt. He had previously be charged with misdemeanor assault for the incident.

After Conner resigned, the general superintendent of Cook County Forest Preserve, Arnold Randall, apologized for the incident.

When the woman complains to a Cook County Forest Preserves officer that the man is harassing her and questioning her citizenship, the officer doesn't respond. Trybus asks in the video. 'The world is not going to change the United States of America.

In the video, Irizarry, who rented space in the park for a birthday party, is heard telling the man who is yelling at her and coming closer, to get away from her.

He was arrested by Cook County Forest Preserve District Police and is expected to be held before a bond hearing on Friday.

"Officer, I feel highly threatened", she says, as Mr Connor turns his back and walks towards his patrol vehicle.

Officer Patrick Connor was supposed to have a sit down with his bosses about the incident, but instead he quit on July 11, The Chicago-Sun Times reported.

The video also shows Irizarry ask a nearby officer, Connor, for help, but he does not appear to intervene.

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"He's very distraught and not happy about having to leave employment much sooner than he intended, but because of the strong reaction from the public and political figures, he thought it would be unrealistic to stay as an officer". "You know that right?" says the man, who appears to be intoxicated.

'If she's an American citizen, why is she wearing that s**t?' Trybus shouts.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia called Connor's resignation "a commonsense decision after his inaction and failure to serve Cook County".

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

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. "You know that, right?"

The suspect continued to harangue Ms Irizarry for about 10 minutes before other officers arrived and arrested him.

The female officer then interviews Irizzary, who tells her that the first officer on the scene stood "watching the whole thing happen". 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. President Woodrow Wilson in 1917 signed into law the Jones-Shafroth Act, granting USA citizenship to residents of Puerto Rico.

He said his agency would re-examine the diversity training for its officers and other employees.

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