Cop probed after failing to help woman harassed for Puerto Rico shirt

Man arrested after harassing woman as un American for wearing Puerto Rico flag shirt

In the video, Mia Irizarry can be heard telling a nearby Forest Preserve District Police officer that she has a permit for a park pavilion and that the man screaming at her about her Puerto Rico shirt was making her uncomfortable.

A woman setting up a birthday picnic at an IL park was repeatedly harassed by an angry stranger for wearing a T-shirt saying "Puerto Rico" in America.

The June 14 incident at Caldwell Woods on the Far Northwest Side came to light Monday and has also attracted the attention of Ricardo Rossello, the governor of Puerto Rico, who released a series of tweets on the incident. Irizarry is standing in a picnic area, which she tells the officer she has a permit for to attend a birthday party.

On several occasions she called out to the officer who was first on the scene, telling him how uncomfortable she was with the man harassing her. "You should not be wearing that", he is heard saying as he repeatedly confronts her. 'Why are you wearing that?' The June incident, which the governor of Puerto Rico said "appalled, shocked, and disturbed" him, spread shock on social media. "(There are thousands of people in Puerto Rico without power that would beg to differ.) "... You're not going to change the United States of America.

"Are you a citizen?" Puerto Rico is a USA commonwealth.

"As you can see, the police, he's not even grabbing him", Irizarry says to her viewers.

As he gets closer to her, he tells her that "this is America". "This guy's just walking up to me, he basically got in my face, damn near nearly touched me". The video opened with the man approaching the woman, identified as Mia Irizarry, to dispute the status of Puerto Rico.

More officers then arrive at the scene and a female cop sits Trybus down and threatens to charge him. "People have just as much right to be here as you do, and when you're drunk you don't belong here".

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The police officer turned and walked back to his police auto without responding, as the irate man followed her out onto the grass.

The man in the video was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct, according to the Forest Preserves agency, which described the man as intoxicated.

The officer who appeared to ignore Irizarry's requests for assistance was assigned to desk duty pending the outcome of an investigation, the police department said.

Footage of the incident, which took place last month, resurfaced online in recent days and one Facebook post with the clip had almost 2 million views at time of publication. "We will be looking into this incident as our offices in DC are in contact with local and state authorities, demanding that this officer be expelled from the police force".

"We take such incidents seriously, and if the investigation confirms the officer did not take appropriate steps to ensure public safety, disciplinary action will follow".

Rossello added that Cook County is home to a diverse population and he believes Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will handle the incident properly.

"You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that".

'We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in U.S. presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections. "The Forest Preserves immediately launched an investigation into the incident", she tweeted.

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