Hearing Thursday for Officer in Forest Preserve Harassment Case

By Jennifer Keiper, WLS-AM 890

(CHICAGO)  A hearing is scheduled for today for the Cook County Forest Preserve Police Officer who was caught on tape standing by, as a woman was verbally assaulted by a stranger.

It was apparently the Puerto Rican flag shirt that Mia Irizarry was wearing that caught the attention of Timothy Trybus.   She captured the man on cell phone video repeatedly approaching her at a Caldwell Forest Preserve shelter that she had rented for a day.  He complained about her shirt and questioned her citizenship.

The video shows a Cook County Forest Preserve Police Officer, at one point, walking away and standing on the other side of the shelter with his hands under his vest.

Trybus has been charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

The officer is on desk duty for now.  At the Thursday hearing, he will be asked why he did not respond to the woman’s pleas for help.

The lawyer for the union that represents Cook County Forest Preserve Police urges people not to rush to judgement as an investigation is completed.

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