So the officer who did not come to the aid of Mia Irizarry last month resigned this evening, according to Forest Preserve District. pic.twitter.com/alInxfgsrE— Julio Ricardo Varela (@julito77) July 12, 2018
UPDATE: The Illinois cop who refused to step in and help a woman who was being harassed for wearing a shirt with the flag of Puerto Rico on it has officially resigned.
The video went viral this week with much of the attention being on the racist and seemingly intoxicated man who was berating the woman for her clothing choice. However, criticism also came swiftly for the officer in the video who repeatedly ignored the woman’s pleas for help.
According to CNN, Mia Irizarry had reserved a space in the Forest Preserves of Cook County to celebrate her 24th birthday last month when the man — who was in the park with another group — accosted her over the shirt. The aggressive white male has been identified as Timothy G. Trybus.
Cook County Forest Preserves district police officer Patrick Connor resigned Wednesday, and Forest Preserves of Cook County launched an investigation earlier this week into the officer’s conduct.
As for Trybus, he was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct. He is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 1.
Cook County Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" García is vying for Trybus’ charges to be increased to hate crime.
"A charge for simple assault or disorderly conduct is not sufficient," García said. "We cannot allow that ugly rhetoric to be the norm in Cook County."
It is not yet known if the state attorney’s office will take García’s request into consideration.
CNN noted that the officer was on site responding to a separate incident. However, in the moment that Irizarry needed help, he didn't appear to be preoccupied with any other issue.
Furthermore, it was his duty as an officer of the law to help people in need in whatever way possible. He simply ignored Irizarry altogether. He provided no explanation for why he wasn't helping her, and he didn't offer to call back up, he just walked away.
The now-former cop's conduct is nearly just as bad as Trybus' actions — if not worse — because members of law enforcement should be held to a higher standard than an old, drunk, bigoted civilian.
WARNING: Video below contains language that may be unsuitable for some viewers.
A racist man was captured on video harassing a woman for wearing a shirt that had the Puerto Rican flag on it while being in the United States.
The woman tried several times to explain that Puerto Ricans are Americans, but to no avail.
“If you’re an American citizen, why are you wearing that sh*t!” he yelled. “If you’re an American citizen, you should not be wearing that shirt in America!”
The ignorant bigot also decided to tell the woman that, “you’re not going to change us," arguing that, “the world is not going to change the United States of America — period!”
The woman tried asking a police officer to step in and restrain the man, who had been following her around the outdoor venue she was renting the entire time he was berating her, but the cop refused to intervene.
In the end, a good Samaritan who witnessed the altercation confronted the man and was able to stop him from continuing to harass the woman.
Unfortunately, this type of behavior has become just another typical day in President Donald Trump’s America. His rhetoric against Latino immigrants, and all minorities, fuels this unwarranted and unprovoked nonsense.
In this case, the joke is ultimately on the unnamed man who launched the attack because his hate-filled tirade was actually aimed at a fellow American. Hopefully, he has seen how foolish he looks in this viral footage and feels pure and utter shame.