Officer resigns after not helping woman in Puerto Rico shirt

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

Officer resigns after not helping woman in Puerto Rico shirt

The Cook County Forest Preserves officer who was under investigation after he was caught on video standing by as a man harassed a woman for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag has resigned, officials said Wednesday.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", Trybus says in the video, moving closer to her.

In the video, Connor watched as Trybus said things like "Are you a citizen?"

"That officer did absolutely nothing - he did absolutely zero", Ms Irizarry said in her 36-minute long Facebook live broadcast.

"Officer, officer, I feel highly uncomfortable", Irizarry tells Connor, who does not appear to respond to her as he is addressed, and can be seen turning his back and walking toward his police vehicle.

As Trybus continues to harass her, other officers arrive and a female police officer finally steps in on behalf of Irizarry.

In the part of the video that went viral, Connor's voice is never heard and he apparently does nothing. Cook County prosecutors are considering felony hate crime charge. Though it's not clear exactly what led up to the events shown in the video, Trybus can be seen and heard persistently harassing and criticizing Irizarry for her choice of attire, challenging her American citizenship, and approaching her in an aggressive manner.

Forest Preserves Superintendent Arnold Randall said he "vehemently disagreed" with Connor that he handled the situation properly.

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Despite Connor's resignation, the forest preserve district says officials continue to investigate the incident.

For several minutes the man berates Irizarry and at one point stands a few inches from her. The agency tweeted Monday that an investigation of the officer is ongoing. He asks her whether she is an American citizen, even though Puerto Rico is a USA territory and its residents are us citizens.

He added: "The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity".

"I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do?"

"You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that", Trybus says to her. Trybus was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct. 'I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he did not do anything'.

The officer can then be seen talking to the man who gesticulates back and tells him to "shut the f*** up". "You know that right?" She explains that Irizarry has a permit and she warns him that he could be arrested "for not being compliant".

He stepped down on Wednesday and police say they are continuing to investigate the incident. She said the group politely complied but her Puerto Rico shirt appeared to act as a trigger to the man.

President Woodrow Wilson in 1917 signed into law the Jones-Shafroth Act, granting USA citizenship to residents of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in United States presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections.

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