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.
The Forest Preserves confirmed they launched an investigation into the response of the officer, with Connor assigned to desk duty pending the outcome.
"That officer did absolutely nothing - he did absolutely zero", Ms Irizarry said in her 36-minute long Facebook live broadcast. "We are further addressing aspects of this incident". "At the same time, this video will help inform ongoing officer training so we can all learn from this unfortunate episode". He had previously been charged with misdemeanor assault for the incident.
But the Forest Preserves of Cook County announced on Twitter that Connor decided instead to leave the preserves' police force, which he had served since 2006.
Then she says: "Officer, I'm renting, I paid for a permit for this area". In the video, Irizarry is approached by a man, identified by authorities as 62-year-old Timothy Trybus, who tells her she should not be wearing the Puerto Rican flag shirt in the US, and asks "Are you a citizen?"
"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America. Ok".
Forest preserve officials said Officer Patrick Connor resigned late Wednesday. "We might start with the fine example presented by Mia Irizarry and her family, who handled this ugly incident with great composure, never stooping to the level of the man who attacked her". "I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he didn't do anything". About 10 minutes into the video, more police officers arrived.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló was among those who condemned the video.
'People have just as much right to be here as you do, ' she can be heard telling him in the clip.
'If she's an American citizen, why is she wearing that s**t?' Trybus shouts.
But the officer continues to do nothing or even move closer to Irizzary as the man continues to approach her.
'He failed to deescalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety'.
And, while most police officers would have done the right thing in that incident, this guy was caught on tape doing the wrong thing, or more accurately, doing nothing, at all.
'We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.