- The Washington Times
Thursday, July 12, 2018

An Illinois police officer resigned Wednesday night as his office launched an investigation into his behavior during a viral video showing a man berating a woman for wearing a Puerto Rico-themed T-shirt.

The video depicts an elderly man yelling and cursing at a woman who is wearing a Puerto Rico shirt as she prepares for a birthday party in Caldwell Woods, Illinois. While the incident occurred on June 14, it was posted by NowThis Politics on July 9.

He repeatedly told her not to wear that in America and asked her to prove her citizenship. The man followed her around the area and came into close proximity several times.

The woman asks an officer in the background, Officer Patrick Connor, to intervene in the situation but the video shows him not responding.

Mr. Connor can be seen saying something to the woman’s brother, who yells back at the older man.

Eventually, more officers arrived at the scene and arrested the man.

After the incident went viral, the Forest Preserves of Cook County announced they were launching an investigation into Mr. Connor’s actions.

“We take such incidents seriously, and if the investigation confirms the officer did not take appropriate steps to ensure public safety, disciplinary action will follow,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said in a statement.

Wednesday night, the Forest Preserves announced on Twitter that Mr. Connor resigned from his position. They committed to continuing their investigation into the incident.

Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello said he was “appalled, shocked, and disturbed” by the incident. He called for Mr. Connor to be fired.

• Gabriella Muñoz can be reached at gmunoz@washingtontimes.com.

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