An Illinois police officer being investigated for his inaction as an intoxicated man berated a woman wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag has resigned, the Forest Preserves of Cook County said Wednesday.
Timothy Trybus, 62, is facing two charges of felony hate crimes, which are enhancements to the previous charge of misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct.
Trybus was later charged with assault and disorderly conduct.
Trybus could face up to five years in prison for each of the hate crime charges.
VIDEO: Man harasses woman for wearing Puerto Rico shirt in Illinois Trybus is then seen asking her if she's an American saying, "Are you a citizen?" "You don't come here harassing people", she says.
He's scheduled to be in court on Friday, according to the Chicago Tribune.
"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America. Ok".
At a news conference Thursday, officials said they will use the incident as a teachable moment for new recruits and plan to increase diversity training.
Connor, the officer, took a passive approach despite the fact that Irizarry asked him politely, and several times, to try to defuse the situation.
Earlier this week, I sent a bouquet of flowers and a great big Puerto Rican flag to Mia Irizarry, a young Puerto Rican women who lives in Chicago who celebrated her 24th birthday last month. "We are further addressing aspects of this incident", a spokesperson for the Forest Preserves of Cook County said in a statement, adding the superintendent would address the matter to the media on Thursday.
The officer can then be seen talking to the man who gesticulates back and tells him to "shut the f*** up". "Are you a citizen?" the man can be heard saying in a video recording of the incident posted on Facebook. "We can not allow that ugly rhetoric to be the norm in Cook County".
Later, she says: "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove... please, officer" as the officer is seen walking away from her.
On Twitter, he said: "We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background. Then you should not be wearing that".
Prior to his resignation, Conner had been placed on desk duty in the wake of the June 14 harassment incident.
'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. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in USA presidential primaries but not in presidential elections.