Forest Preserve Cop who stood by as woman harassed over Puerto Rico shirt resigns effective immediately

Officer Patrick Connor was supposed to explain “the whole story” to his bosses Thursday about why he stood idly by as an allegedly drunk man verbally assaulted a woman at a Northwest Side forest preserve.

Instead, Connor quit the job the night before.

…Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia called Connor’s resignation “a commonsense decision after his inaction and failure to serve Cook County.

“However, this still leaves many questions unanswered,” Garcia said in a statement. “Cook County Government must not only review the types of trainings that officers and staff in all departments receive, but how they are implemented and held accountable.”

…Connor, who had been reassigned to desk duty following the June 14 incident, had been scheduled to attend an internal affairs disciplinary hearing on Thursday to answer questions posed to him by a commanding officer, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin said.

They planned to try to get Connor to clarify why he didn’t respond to Irizarry’s pleas for help as 62-year-old Timothy Trybus berated her. And they wanted to know why Connor apparently stopped Irizarry’s brother when he tried to intervene.

Forest Preserve Cop who stood by as woman harassed over Puerto Rico shirt resigns effective immediately

No big loss there. Apparently he didn’t want to try and justify his actions because even he knew there was no reasonable justification for them.

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