Man who harassed woman wearing Puerto Rican flag shirt convicted of felony hate crime

Man who harassed woman wearing Puerto Rican flag shirt convicted of felony hate crime
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A Chicago man who was caught in a viral video berating a woman for wearing a shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag was convicted Wednesday on felony hate crime charges.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that jurors deliberated for about 3 1/2 hours before returning a verdict of guilty, explaining to the court that through a strictly legal lens, 63-year-old Timothy Trybus had committed a hate crime.

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”When you think of a hate crime, people think of larger things than this,” a juror said, according to the Sun-Times. “But when you look at it legally, rather than looking at this as another human being, we decided it is a hate crime.” 

“It’s a sad case that wasn’t cut and dry,” that juror reportedly added. “When you look at [Trybus] as another human being, who has joy in punishing that person to the full extent of the law?”

In a video that was posted to Facebook and viewed more than 1 million times, Trybus accosted 24-year-old Mia Irizarry for a shirt he said should not be worn in the U.S., despite Puerto Rico's status as a U.S. territory.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America," Trybus said during the confrontation.

A police officer who did nothing after Irizarry requested his intervention also later resigned over the incident. Irizarry said last year that she holds the officer responsible for not acting during the confrontation.

"I am severely disappointed I will never get to hear from this man, this officer, as to why my safety, no why my life, had so little value for him," Irizarry said at the time.

"I want the ex-officer to be really be held accountable, whatever that looks like," she added. "Of all the people who have apologized to me, he hasn't apologized to me."