Man who harassed woman over Puerto Rico shirt charged with hate crime

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

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

An Illinois man who allegedly harassed a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag T-shirt in a now-viral video was charged with a felony hate crime on Thursday. A 62 year old man who police have identified as Timothy Tybus verbally abused and harassed Ms. Irizarry as she was wearing a shirt that depicts the flag of our USA colony of Puerto Rico. The Cook County State's Attorney's Office said Timothy Trybus, 62, has been charged with two counts of felony hate crime.

He had previously be charged with misdemeanor assault for the incident.

As for Trybus, he was released on bond and has a court appearance scheduled on August 1.

Irizarry said she received an apology from the forest preserve shortly after she posted the video. "Are you a United States citizen?" "I told him I was uncomfortable multiple times".

She said the incident went on much longer than the video showed, even after Trybus was in custody and placed in a squad vehicle.

For several minutes the man berates Irizarry and at one point stands a few inches from her.

Cook County Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" García had called for such charges against Trybus a day earlier.

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He added: "The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity".

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.

Mobile video shows the officer, Patrick Connor, appearing to ignore the woman's pleas that he intervene as a white man repeatedly jabs his finger at her. "The investigation is ongoing and the officer involved has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome".

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'.

'People have just as much right to be here as you do, ' she can be heard telling him in the clip. The video, posted on Facebook, has been viewed more than 1.2 million times.

Preckwinkle also released a statement Tuesday saying she'd had a phone call with Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello, who'd referenced her directly in a Tweet about the video. President Woodrow Wilson in 1917 signed into law the Jones-Shafroth Act, granting USA citizenship to residents of Puerto Rico. We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.

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