Illinois police officer off beat after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

Facebook									A woman was attacked by this man at a park near Chicago because she was wearing a Puerto Rico flag shirt

A park police officer in Chicago has been assigned to desk duty while officials investigate his response to a woman who said she was being harassed for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag.

He's come to be known as the anonymous finger-pointing loud mouth in a blue tank top since a video of his rant at a Northwest Side forest preserve went viral when it was posted to social media Monday.

Irizzary had paid for a permit to hold a birthday party at Caldwell Woods when the man - who has been identified as Timothy Trybus - first approached her.

In the video, the woman can be heard asking the officer, "I do not feel comfortable with him here; is there anything you can do?"

The man proceeds to ask Irizarry whether she is a United States citizen and Irizarry replies that she is. 'Why are you wearing that?'

"Because I can", she answered, before appealing to the police to intervene, saying she had rented some of the park's outdoor seating. The island is an unincorporated USA territory and has remained under US protection since 1898. No, the world is not going to change the United States of America. Are you a citizen?'

When Irizarry told the man that Puerto Rico is a US territory, he argued back, stepping closer and closer to the woman until he was almost touching her. The officer is seen turning the other way.

'If she's an American citizen, why is she wearing that s**t?' Trybus shouts. The officer even walked away from her as the harasser asked him: "Why is she wearing that shit?" Like this guy is just walking up to me. The man resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that".

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Irizarry can be heard explaining to the officer that the incident began when they had asked the group Trybus was with if they could move because they had a permit for the area. "Please, officer", she says. 'I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he did not do anything'. "My point is, why are you wearing that?" he says, pointing at her.

More officers then arrive at the scene and a female cop sits Trybus down and threatens to charge him. "People have just as much right to be here as you do, and when you're drunk you don't belong here".

Eventually, Irizarry's brother shows up and tells the man to back off.

The man in the video was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct, according to the Forest Preserves agency, which described the man as intoxicated.

The disturbing confrontation last month was captured on video and posted to Facebook July 6. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello responded on Twitter, "Today a video surfaced of an undignified event in which a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere. 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".

'He failed to deescalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety'.

Cook County Board Chairman Toni Preckwinkle apologized to the woman via Twitter.

'The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity, ' Rosello continued in a separate tweet. We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background. After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer.

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