Cop is under investigation after video reveals he ignored a woman’s pleas for help while a drunk man berated her for wearing a Puerto Rico flag shirt
Mia Irizzary posted a Facebook Live video of the man repeatedly harassing her
Timothy Trybus is seen in the video screaming ‘Why is she wearing that s**t?’
He repeatedly gets up to Irizzary’s face while she pleads for the officer’s help
But the officer stands by and does nothing, not even moving closer to Irizzary
The officer has been put on desk duty and Trybus was charged with assault
Published: 17:24 EDT, 10 July 2018 | Updated: 00:05 EDT, 11 July 2018
An Illinois police officer is being investigated after video showed him ignoring a woman’s pleas for help while a man berated her for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt.
Mia Irizarry posted a Facebook Live video as the man, who was drunk, repeatedly came up to her and yelled ‘Why is she wearing that s**t?’
The Cook County Forest Preserve officer can be seen in the video standing in the background, not moving closer as the man continued to come up to Irizzary.
Irizzary had paid for a permit to hold a birthday party at Caldwell Woods when the man – who has been identified as Timothy Trybus – first approached her.
‘Are you educated?’ Trybus asks her in the clip. ‘Why are you wearing that?’
‘Officer, I’m renting this area and he’s harassing me about the shirt I’m wearing,’ Irizzary then tells the cop, who had already been called to the scene to investigate Trybus’ intoxicated behavior.
Irizzary was wearing a shirt made to look like the Puerto Rico flag, with the words ‘Puerto Rico’ written on the top.
‘You’re not going to change us, you know that,’ Trybus tells her in the clip. ‘The world is not going to change the United States of America. Are you a citizen?’
‘I’m an American citizen…I’m not trying to change anyone, I just came here for a birthday party,’ Irizzary tells him as he gets in her face.
‘Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable, can you please grab him, please?’ she asks the cop again.
‘If she’s an American citizen, why is she wearing that s**t?’ Trybus shouts.
Irizzary then begins to talk to her Facebook Live viewers, saying: ‘As you can see the police are not even, he’s not even grabbing him.’
‘This guy is just walking up to me, he basically got in my face.’
Irizzary then tries to plead with policeman again, saying: ‘Officer, I paid for a permit for this area, I do not feel comfortable here, is there anything you can do?’
But the officer continues to do nothing or even move closer to Irizzary as the man continues to approach her.
‘That officer did absolutely nothing he did absolutely zero,’ she says in the clip. ‘I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he did not do anything.’
At one point Irizzary’s brother returns from grabbing food for the party and tries to get Trybus to leave her alone.
That’s when the officer finally speaks up, telling the brother to ‘relax’.
More officers then arrive at the scene and a female cop sits Trybus down and threatens to charge him.
‘People have just as much right to be here as you do,’ she can be heard telling him in the clip.
The female officer then interviews Irizzary, who tells her that the first officer on the scene stood ‘watching the whole thing happen’.
Trybus was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct, according to the Forest Preserves.
The officer in the video, whose name has not been released, has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation.
Irizarry filmed the video about a month ago, but it has gained recent traction and since been watched more than a million times.
The video even got the attention of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosello, who said he was ‘appalled, shocked, and disturbed by the officer’s behavior’.
‘We will be looking into this incident as our offices in DC are in contact with local and state authorities, demanding that this officer be expelled from the police force,’ Rosello tweeted on Tuesday.
‘He failed to deescalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen’s safety.’
Rosello also called on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to take the matter ‘into her hands’.
‘The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity,’ Rosello continued in a separate tweet.
‘We cannot allow those who do not understand America’s greatness to terrorize people because of their background. This is not the America we all believe in.’
Preckwinkle called the video ‘completely unacceptable’ and said she was ‘troubled’ by the officer’s response to the ‘terrible’ incident.
She plans to interview all officers at the scene as well as Irizarry and said the video will be used in future training exercises by the Forest Preserves.