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Police officer resigns ahead of hearing on Puerto Rico shirt incident

The flag of Puerto Rico flies outside the island’s Capitol building in San Juan, 29 July 2015.

(Associated Press)

A police officer who drew criticism for allegedly not intervening in a dispute between a man and a woman about the woman Puerto Rico flag shirt has resigned, officials said Wednesday evening.

Officer Patrick Connor had been placed on desk duty pending an investigation into the matter, and is scheduled to attend a hearing with his bosses on Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

BREAKING: Forest Reserves to the agent who stood by as a woman was harassed for her Puerto Rico shirt is retired from his job, @mitchdudek reports. https://t.co/VpK8bXPquG

— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) July 12, 2018

But the Forest Preserve of Cook County announced on Twitter that Connor decided instead to retain the’ police force, which he had served since 2006.

From now on Officer Patrick Connor no longer serves in the department of the police of the Forest Preserve of Cook County. He resigned late today. But that is not where our work ends.

— Forest Preserve (@FPDCC) on July 12, 2018

A woman who was visiting Caldwell Forest on June 14 complained that a man approached her and asked her citizenship, tell her that she should not be wearing a Puerto Rico shirt, although the Caribbean island is a U.S. commonwealth and its residents are considered U.s. citizens.

Video of the incident shows that the officer in the neighborhood, but it is not responding. Other officers eventually arrived and arrested the man.

Despite Connor’s resignation, the forest preserve district says officials continue to investigate the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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