Shirt row man faces hate crime charges
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.