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Man Guilty of Hate Crime for Confronting Woman Over Puerto Rico T-Shirt

A video of the incident went viral

What to Know

  • An officer was assigned to desk duty after viral video appeared to show him failing to help a woman being harassed at a Chicago park
  • Mia Irizarry’s video shows a man ranting at her over a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag on it. The man was eventually charged with assault
  • “I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer’s behavior,” Puerto Rico’s governor tweeted

A suburban Chicago man who confronted a woman for wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag has been found guilty of a hate crime.

Timothy Trybus of Des Plaines was convicted Wednesday for confronting Mia Irizarry over the shirt.

The 25-year-old Irizarry testified Tuesday she feared for her safety at a forest preserve last year when Trybus began to criticize her. She refused to comment after the verdict was announced.

In a video posted on social media, a man later identified by authorities as Trybus, can be seen berating Irizarry on June 14, 2018.

Cook County prosecutors say that although the 63-year-old Trybus never touched Irizarry, he committed a hate crime because his verbal barrage and aggressive actions were motivated by the flag on the woman's shirt.

Trybus, who wept when the verdict was announced, faces from probation to five years in prison when sentenced next month.

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