Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Leads Members of the Cook County Congressional Delegation in Letter Seeking Improved Training for Forest Preserve Officers

Jul 12, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) along with Representatives Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Peter J. Roskam (R-Ill.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), and Bradley S. Schneider (D-Ill.) sent a letter to Cook County Forest Preserve District Board President Tony Preckwinkle pushing for assurance that the type of behavior displayed by former Cook County Forest Preserve officer Patrick Connor does not happen again.

“Like many Cook County residents and Americans across the country I was sickened by the racist behavior displayed by Timothy Trybus, who showed a level of incivility, ignorance, and intolerance that unfortunately still permeates in our nation. In addition to the gross injustice exhibited by Mr. Trybus, I was disheartened to see that this woman’s request for assistance by an officer was completely ignored. That is completely unacceptable and can never happen again. What message does this send to Cook County residents to see an officer derelict in their duty?” said Rush. “We must take the necessary steps to ensure officers have proper training and are fulfilling their duty to serve and protect and I hope that Mr. Connor remembers the words of Desmond Tutu, ‘If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.’”