Man charged with hate crime over Puerto Ri­can shirt in­ci­dent

Manteca Bulletin - - Nation -

CHICAGO (AP) — A man who can be seen in a video chastis­ing a woman at a Chicago for­est pre­serve for wear­ing a shirt with the Puerto Ri­can flag on it has been charged with com­mit­ting a hate crime, the Cook County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice an­nounced Thurs­day.

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

In the video posted on so­cial me­dia and widely viewed, a man later iden­ti­fied by au­thor­i­ties as Try­bus can be seen be­rat­ing the woman on June 14 at Cald­well Woods. When the woman com­plains to a Cook County For­est Pre­serves of­fi­cer that the man is ha­rass­ing her and ques­tion­ing her cit­i­zen­ship, the of­fi­cer doesn’t re­spond. Puerto Rico is a U.S. com­mon­wealth.

The of­fi­cer was put on desk duty while of­fi­cials in­ves­ti­gated. 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. Ros­sello wanted the of­fi­cer fired.

Mean­while, the For­est Pre­serves is­sued its own apology for what hap­pened.

It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear if Try­bus has an at­tor­ney to com­ment on his be­half.

In the video, Try­bus can be seen ap­proach­ing the woman and point­ing at her shirt as he be­rates her.

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