Police officer resigns ahead of hearing on Puerto Rico shirt incident

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

A USA police officer has quit amid an inquiry into his response to a woman who was racially harassed while wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt.

Trybus could face up to five years in prison for each of the hate crime charges.

In the video of the June 14 incident, which has since been widely circulated online, Trybus is heard repeatedly questioning the woman's citizenship and told her she shouldn't be wearing her Puerto Rican flag shirt.

You see, her birthday party at a park in Cook County, Illinois didn't turn out the way she expected.

The officer, Patrick Connor, did not come to the woman's aid or defuse the situation, drawing ire on social media for his inaction.

The anger over the incident also attracted the attention of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.

He's scheduled to be in court on Friday, according to the Chicago Tribune. 'The world is not going to change the United States of America.

"After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer", it said, in a series of posts on Twitter.

On the video, Connor tells Irizarry he didn't think she was in danger.

Mia Irizarry posted a Facebook video of the alleged incident, appearing to show a man, later identified by the department as Timothy Tybus, approaching her and criticizing her T-shirt, which is designed with the Puerto Rican flag.

"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".

In a statement announcing Connor's resignation, officials with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County said that they planned to further address "aspects of this incident" and that they would not provide additional details until Thursday.

Cook County Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" García had called for hate crimes charges against Trybus. He was intoxicated at the time, the Forest Preserves of Cook County has said.

And anyone who has eyeballs can see how police do not handle encounters with Black and brown people the same as with whites. "Are you a citizen?"

Ms Irizarry asks a park police officer who has arrived for help, saying: "I am renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing".

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

'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.

Quick aside and history lesson: Puerto Ricans are indeed US citizens.

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