An Illinois police officer has resigned after video showed him ignoring a woman’s pleas for help while a man berated her for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt.
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 stepped down on Wednesday and police say they are continuing to investigate the incident.
Irizarry had posted a Facebook Live video of the June 14 incident, showing Timothy Trybus, who was apparently drunk, repeatedly came up to her and yelled ‘Why is she wearing that s**t?’
The Cook County Forest Preserve officer can be seen in the video standing in the background, not moving closer as Trybus continued to come up to Irizzary.
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.
A police officer is being investigated after video showed him ignoring Mia Irizarry’s pleas for help while a man berated her for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt (pictured right)
Irizarry (pictured) posted a Facebook Live video as the man, who was drunk, repeatedly came up to her and yelled ‘Why is she wearing that s**t?’
‘Are you educated?’ Trybus asks her in the clip. ‘Why are you wearing that?’
‘Officer, I’m renting this area and he’s harassing me about the shirt I’m wearing,’ Irizzary then tells the cop, who had already been called to the scene to investigate Trybus’ intoxicated behavior.
Irizzary was wearing a shirt made to look like the Puerto Rico flag, with the words ‘Puerto Rico’ written on the top.
‘You’re not going to change us, you know that,’ Trybus tells her in the clip. ‘The world is not going to change the United States of America. Are you a citizen?’
Irizzary had paid for a permit to hold a birthday party at Caldwell Woods when the man – who has been identified as Timothy Trybus – approached her and got in her face
‘Officer, I’m renting this area and he’s harassing me about the shirt I’m wearing,’ Irizzary then repeatedly tells the cop during the video as he continues to stand and do nothing
‘I’m an American citizen…I’m not trying to change anyone, I just came here for a birthday party,’ Irizzary tells him as he gets in her face.
‘Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable, can you please grab him, please?’ she asks the cop again.
‘If she’s an American citizen, why is she wearing that s**t?’ Trybus shouts.
Irizzary then begins to talk to her Facebook Live viewers, saying: ‘As you can see the police are not even, he’s not even grabbing him.’
‘This guy is just walking up to me, he basically got in my face.’
Irizzary then tries to plead with policeman again, saying: ‘Officer, I paid for a permit for this area, I do not feel comfortable here, is there anything you can do?’
‘Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable, can you please grab him, please?’ she asks the cop again while Trybus continues to yell at her and asks if she’s an American citizen
It is only when Irizzary’s brother approaches the drunk man that the officer speaks, telling him to ‘relax’ when he gets close (pictured right)
But the officer continues to do nothing or even move closer to Irizzary as the man continues to approach her.
‘That officer did absolutely nothing he did absolutely zero,’ she says in the clip. ‘I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he did not do anything.’
More officers then arrive at the scene and a female cop sits Trybus down and threatens to charge him (pictured)
At one point Irizzary’s brother returns from grabbing food for the party and tries to get Trybus to leave her alone.
That’s when the officer finally speaks up, telling the brother to ‘relax’.
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,’ she can be heard telling him in the clip.
The female officer then interviews Irizzary, who tells her that the first officer on the scene stood ‘watching the whole thing happen’.
Trybus was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct, according to the Forest Preserves. on.
Irizarry filmed the video about a month ago, but it has gained recent traction and since been watched more than a million times.
The video even got the attention of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosello, who said he was ‘appalled, shocked, and disturbed by the officer’s behavior’.
‘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.
Trybus was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct, the Forest Preserves revealed on Tuesday
The video even got the attention of Puerto Rico Gov Ricardo Rosello, who said he was ‘appalled, shocked, and disturbed by the officer’s behavior’
‘He failed to deescalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen’s safety.’
Rosello also called on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to take the matter ‘into her hands’.
‘The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity,’ Rosello continued in a separate tweet.
‘We cannot allow those who do not understand America’s greatness to terrorize people because of their background. This is not the America we all believe in.’
Preckwinkle called the video ‘completely unacceptable’ and said she was ‘troubled’ by the officer’s response to the ‘terrible’ incident.
She plans to interview all officers at the scene as well as Irizarry and said the video will be used in future training exercises by the Forest Preserves.