A 62-year-old Chicago man attacked a Puerto Rican woman at the Forest Preserves of Cook County as she tried to celebrate a family birthday party last month, berating her because she was wearing a shirt featuring the flag of Puerto Rico, and video of the incident has now gone viral.
Timothy Trybus was arrested on June 14, the same day the incident occurred. About a month later, video of the assault, which had been posted to Facebook by the victim, Mia Irizarry, spread across social media.
Along with Trybus’ racist and bigoted rants and threatening behavior, viewers were angered by the inaction of a police officer who was standing about 20 feet away and did not do anything to intervene. That officer, who works for the Forest Preserves of Cook County, has now been put on desk duty while the incident is investigated, officials say. He has been identified as Officer Patrick Connor, a 10-year veteran of the department.
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. The Video Shows Trybus Asking Irizarry If She Is a Citizen & Screaming ‘the World Is Not Going to Change the United States of America’
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 citizen and saying she should be wearing an American flag. Puerto Ricans are American citizens whether they are born on the U.S. mainland or in Puerto Rico and have been since 1899, when Puerto Rico was acquired as a territory.
The incident occurred on June 14, but the video went viral several weeks later, on July 9, when it was posted on social media by the news outlet NowThis. You can watch the NowThis video below:
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