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Offbeat Man caught on video confronting woman over Puerto Rico shirt charged with felony hate crime

00:35  13 july  2018
00:35  13 july  2018 Source:   chicagotribune.com

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CHICAGO - The Chicago man shown in a viral video berating a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag T-shirt has been charged with a felony hate crime.

"After a review of the case, we approved felony hate crimes charges," said Robert Foley, spokesman for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

Foley said Timothy Trybus faces two counts of felony hate crime, which are enhancements on the charges of misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct he was previously charged with.

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County prosecutors in Illinois are considering felony hate crime charges against the Chicago man accused of berating a woman at a forest preserve last month for wearing a shirt emblazoned with the flag of Puerto Rico .

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Trybus, 62, was arrested Thursday by Cook County Forest Preserve District Police, and is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing at Friday afternoon at the Skokie courthouse.

The incident in question occurred June 14 in Caldwell Woods forest preserve on the Far Northwest Side. But it became widely known this week when a video of the encounter was posted on social media, prompting condemnation from many local activist and politicians and from the governor of Puerto Rico.

In the video, a man later identified as Trybus confronts and screams at a woman about her shirt, telling her she should not be wearing it in the United States.

Besides the man's actions and comments, it was the apparent inaction of a forest preserve police officer, seen in the background, that elicited heavy criticism. The footage showed the officer seemingly ignoring the woman's requests for his help as she explains that the man is harassing her and that she has a permit to be in the public space.

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Caught on video last month, an Illinois police officer appears to ignore a woman ’s pleas for help as a man harasses her over a Puerto Rican flag shirt . The video shows Mr. Trybus continuing to confront Ms. Irizarry and her friends for about 10 minutes before additional police officers arrive and

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The fallout since the video's dissemination has been swift: The officer, Patrick Connor, who had been placed on desk duty on June 24 during an internal investigation, resigned on Wednesday amid calls for the forest preserve district to terminate his employment.

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said in an interview it's clear to him the state's attorney did "the right thing."

Gutierrez, a national leader on immigration who has been vociferous in his criticism of President Donald Trump, tied the comments on the video to the general political atmosphere in the country.

"There should be consequences. People have to learn there are consequences, especially in the era of Trump," Gutierrez said. "I really do believe there are people who say to themselves, 'If Trump can do it, I can do it. Why can't I go out there and say the things the president says?'"

He said this is a moment in time where local authorities must step in on racial and other issues, as he said the more conservative federal Justice Department is less interested in these issues than past administration.

"I think this is the way until we retrieve rational governance at the federal level," Gutierrez said.

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Chicago man in Puerto Rico shirt incident due back in court .
A Chicago man charged with a felony hate crime after a video went viral showing him scolding a woman for wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a Puerto Rican flag will return to court on Aug. 1 after his release on bond, authorities said on Friday. Timothy Trybus, 62, was arrested and charged with two counts of felony hate crime, upgrades on previous misdemeanor counts stemming from the June 14 incident, said Robert Foley, a spokesman for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.After a court hearing on Friday, an Illinois state judge released Trybus on his own recognizance on a $10,000 bond, the state's attorney's office said.

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