USA officer quits after harassment over Puerto Rico shirt

USA officer quits after harassment over Puerto Rico shirt

The police officer who appeared to stand by and do nothing as a man harassed a woman wearing a Puerto Rican T-shirt in a Chicago park has resigned.

But he said the officer considered it "an unfortunate incident" and felt he was not "given a fair shake".

Officer Patrick Connor, a 12-year veteran with the Forest Preserves of Cook County, was initially placed on desk duty after cellphone footage showed him allowing Mia Irizzary to be verbally abused. "He resigned late today, but this isn't where our work ends".

Trybus has a bail hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday in Skokie.

"That officer did absolutely nothing - he did absolutely zero", Irizarry said in the video, which was streamed from her Facebook profile on June 14, but gained a wider audience this week. "You know that right?" says the man, who appears to be intoxicated. Trybus is then seen asking her if she's an American saying, "Are you a citizen?" We are further addressing aspects of this incident and General Superintendent Arnold Randall will have more details at a media availability tomorrow morning.

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.

But the officer continues to do nothing or even move closer to Irizzary as the man continues to approach her.

More police arrive, and Irizarry says she still doesn't feel safe.

Almost half of Americans are unaware that Puerto Ricans are United States citizens, according to polling taken after the island was rocked by a hurricane last September.

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In it Irizarry pleads for help as a man harasses her, saying her shirt is un-American.

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

"OK, OK", Ms Irizarry says, trying to placate him.

"You don't come here harassing people", the officer continues.

One of the other responding officers tells Trybus that he can't be harassing people, adding that people have just as much right to be in the park as he does.

'We will be looking into this incident as our offices in DC are in contact with local and state authorities, demanding that this officer be expelled from the police force, ' Rosello tweeted on Tuesday.

Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth with its own constitution rather than a state.

In the wake of the incident, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle offered her apology to the woman and took the unusual step of calling Ricardo Rossello, the governor 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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