Forest Preserves of Cook County

UPDATE: Cop In Rant Video Has Resigned, County Forest Preserve Says

July 11, 2018 - 3:18 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Cook County Forest Preserve police officer who is seen on a viral video just standing by while a white man harangues a Puerto Rican woman has resigned, the district announced Wednesday evening.

Patrick Connor, the officer in the cell-phone video shot June 14 but making waves this week, is no longer with the department, the Forest Preserves of Cook County said in a media advisory. Officials scheduled a news conference for Thursday.

"Effective today, Officer Patrick Conner no longer serves in the police department of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. He resigned late today. But that isn’t where our work ends. We are further addressing aspects of this incident and General Superintendent Arnold Randall will have more details at a media availability tomorrow morning," the announcement said.

Earlier Wednesday, the Illinois FOP Labor Council urged the public not to rush to judgment.

"The video does not look good,” union general counsel Tamara Cummings told WBBM Newsradio. “But I always say, anybody who's a football fan knows that the camera doesn't tell the entire story. And the investigation will uncover what, if anything, else is going on that's not on tape, as well as what was going on in the officer's mind."

At least one Cook County commissioner had called for Connor to be fired.

In the video, Connor appears to hang in the background and do nothing as the woman being verbally harassed asks him to intervene. A 62-year-old man is berating her shirt – decorated with the Puerto Rican flag – and telling her it’s inappropriate to wear.