CHICAGO – A man who can be seen in a video torturing a woman at a Chicago forest preserve for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag is charged with committing a hate crime, Cook County State Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.
Timothy Trybus, 62, of Des Plaines is now charged with two felony counts of committing a hate crime in addition to misdemeanor counts of assault and disorderly conduct he faced.
In the video published on social media and widely viewed, a man, later identified by the authorities as Trybus can be seen berating the woman on June 14, in Caldwell Woods. When the woman complains to a Cook County Forest Preserves to the officer that the man is harassing her and questions her citizenship, the officer did not respond. Puerto Rico is an AMERICAN commonwealth.
The officer was on desk duty while officials investigated. He has resigned this week.
In the aftermath of the incident, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle offered her apologies to the woman and took the unusual step of calling Ricardo Rossello, governor of Puerto Rico. Rossello wanted the officer fired.
Meanwhile, the Forest Preserves issued his own apology for what happened.
It was not immediately clear whether Trybus has a lawyer to respond to his name.
In the video, Trybus can be seen approaching the woman and pointing at her shirt as he berates her.
“You should not be wearing that in the United States of America,” he says to her. He has also ask her if she was a U.s. citizen.
The woman, who apparently is a recording of the meeting, can be heard talking, but her face is not seen. At a given moment, they turn the camera on herself to show her t-shirt. She asks the officer for help, the man says, making them feel uncomfortable.
More officers came and arrested the man.
Trybus is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.