A Chicago area police officer has sparked outrage after he was caught on video doing nothing while a woman was berated and threatened by a man who was angry because she was wearing a shirt that had the Puerto Rican flag on it.
Officer Patrick Connor was identified on July 10 as the officer seen in a video posted by Mia Irizarry that went viral on July 9, about a month after the incident at the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The man seen attacking Irizarry in the video, Timothy Trybus, was eventually arrested. Connor is about 20 feet away from Irizarry and Trybus during his onslaught of racist and bigoted attacks.
In a statement posted to Twitter, the Forest Preserves of Cook County said, “We are aware of the the June 14 incident and video. After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer. The investigation is ongoing and the officer involved has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome. The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.”
The statement added, “All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Connor, a 10-Year Veteran of the Forest Preserve Police Department Who Has Previously Been Disciplined, Has Been on Desk Duty Since June
Officer Patrick Connor is a 10-year veteran of the Forest Preserve Police Department, the department’s chief, Kelvin Pope, told the Chicago Sun-Times. Connor has been on desk duty since June 24, when the investigation into the June 14 incident began.
Connor has previously been disciplined for working a part-time job and not having proper identification, Pope said, according to the Sun-Times. His full disciplinary record and personnel file was not immediately released.
Further details about Connor’s background, including where he worked before he started at the Forest Preserves, was also not immediately available. He could not be reached for comment by Heavy and it is not clear if he has hired an attorney to represent him.
2. The Video Shows Connor Standing to the Side & Not Doing Anything as the Victim Asks Him ‘Is There Anything You Can Do?’
In the video, Timothy Trybus screams at and harasses the 24-year-old woman, Mia Irizarry, because of her shirt, asking if she is a …read more