Video of Man Harassing Woman Over Puerto Rico Shirt Sparks Probe


The video has been viewed more than 1.2 million on Irizarry's Facebook page, and more than 7 million times on the NowThisPolitics Facebook page.

- An investigation is underway in IL after a man was seen harassing a young woman wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag on it.

Let's imagine if a white woman said she was being harassed by a Black or Latin person, the police would have dragged them to jail, tased or even shot him.

At one point, the man approaches Irizarry and screams, "You're not going to change us. Are you a United States citizen?" the man also reportedly asked.

"Period", the man insisted, ignoring Irizarry's comments that she was only there for a birthday party and was not trying to "change anything".

The video begins with the man confronting Irizarry.

'The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity, ' Rosello continued in a separate tweet.

She asks him to leave her alone and asks for an officer's help who is nearby but he does not intervene. The officer is seen turning the other way.

"As you can see, the police are not even - he's not even grabbing him", Irizarry said. "This guy's just walking up to me, he basically got in my face, damn near nearly touched me".

"Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable".

Reports identify the man as Timothy Trybus, 62, and 10 minutes into the video, more police officers arrive.

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The park is now investigating the conduct of the police officer in question, who has been assigned to desk duty till the investigation reaches its conclusion.

"All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves", the post said. It nonetheless spread around social media, being viewed nearly 2.5 million times just through a version produced by social news outlet NowThis.

"I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", Rossello posted in a tweet.

And politicians from Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle to Ricardo Rossello, the governor of Puerto Rico, condemned his idleness.

Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917.

Trybus was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct, according to the Forest Preserves. Agency officials released a statement July 9 saying they were aware of the incident and video and "immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer".

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

"Well, I guess you just never know", replied Irizarry.

"This is America", he says.

On Wednesday, Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. said the people of Cook County, especially his constituents in Humboldt Park, many with Puerto Rican heritage, should settle for nothing less than Connor being kicked off the police force. "People need to understand that". Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in United States presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections.