Shirt row man faces hate crime charges

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL -

A MAN cap­tured on video chastis­ing a woman in Chicago for wear­ing a shirt with the Puerto Ri­can flag on it has been charged with com­mit­ting a hate crime.

Ti­mothy Try­bus, 62, of Des Plaines, is charged with two counts of com­mit­ting a hate crime in ad­di­tion to mis­de­meanour counts of as­sault and dis­or­derly con­duct he al­ready faced.

In the widely viewed film , a man later iden­ti­fied by au­thor­i­ties as Mr Try­bus can be seen be­rat­ing the woman on June 14 at Cald­well Woods.

“You should not be wear­ing that in the United States of Amer­ica,” Mr Try­bus tells the woman. Puerto Rico is a US com­mon­wealth.

When the woman com­plains to a Cook County For­est Pre­serves of­fi­cer that the man is ha­rass­ing her and ques­tion­ing her cit­i­zen­ship, the of­fi­cer does not re­spond.

The of­fi­cer was put on desk duty and he re­signed this week.

In the wake of the in­ci­dent, Cook County Board Pres­i­dent Toni Preck­win­kle of­fered her apol­ogy to the woman and took the un­usual step of call­ing Ri­cardo Ros­sello, the gov­er­nor of Puerto Rico. Mr Ros­sello wanted the of­fi­cer fired.

Mean­while, the For­est Pre­serves is­sued its own apol­ogy.

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