The Cook County Forest Preserves officer who was under investigation after he was caught on video standing by as a man harassed a woman for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag has resigned, officials said Wednesday.
"All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves", the district said on its official account.
A police officer who allegedly failed to intervene in an argument between a man and a woman over the woman's Puerto Rico flag shirt has resigned, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Preckwinkle earlier this week apologized to the woman in the video, Mia Irizarry, while speaking at an unrelated event, calling the incident "completely unacceptable". They also said that more officers responded and arrested Trybus when the first officer asked for assistance on the radio.
"After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer", it said, in a series of posts on Twitter. She repeatedly asked a nearby park police officer for his assistance, saying she was being harassed and felt uncomfortable. He had previously been charged with misdemeanor assault for the incident.
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago's 4th District called the incident a "racist, ugly, vicious attack", according to the Chicago Tribune. "The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity".
"That officer did absolutely nothing - he did absolutely zero", Irizarry said in the video, which was streamed from her Facebook profile on June 14, but gained a wider audience this week.
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The Facebook Live video, filmed by Mia Irizarry, shows her being continually abused by a man later identified as 62-year-old Timothy G. Trybus at a picnic area in Cook County, Illinois. "Is there anything you can do?" she said.
"I am renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing".
"I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do?"
And anyone who has eyeballs can see how police do not handle encounters with Black and brown people the same as with whites.
Irizzary was wearing a shirt made to look like the Puerto Rico flag, with the words "Puerto Rico" written on the top.
The video shows Trybus continuing to confront Irizarry and her friends for about 10 minutes before additional police officers arrive and eventually arrest him. "People have just as much right to be here as you and, when you're drunk, you don't belong here".
At one point Irizzary's brother returns from grabbing food for the party and tries to get Trybus to leave her alone.
"The officer should have stepped in, and he should have done something", Forest Preserves Chief of Police Kelvin Pope said at a news conference 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.