Man harasses woman over Puerto Rico shirt, says it’s ‘un-American’

Man harasses woman over Puerto Rico shirt, says it’s ‘un-American’

Last month, Mia Irizarry was celebrating her birthday at Forest Preserves of Cook County in IL.

A Cook County Forest Preserves police officer has been assigned to desk duty after he was seen on video allowing a man to harass a woman who was wearing a shirt that featured the Puerto Rican flag, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

'That officer did absolutely nothing he did absolutely zero, ' she says in the clip. "You know that right?" the harassing officer added referring to the woman's shirt. "If you're an American citizen you should not be wearing that shirt in America", Trybus says.

Mia Irizarry, who said she had rented a forest preserve pavilion for a birthday party, posted the 36-minute video to her Facebook page on June 14.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", the man tells her. The man resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that". When the brother gets in the man's way and stops him from coming back toward Irizarry, the officer then appears to get involved and warns the brother.

Irizzary then begins to talk to her Facebook Live viewers, saying: 'As you can see the police are not even, he's not even grabbing him'. Like, this guy's just walking up to me.

"Officer, officer, I feel highly uncomfortable", Irizarry pleaded with him.

As the video continues, more park officers arrive at the scene and finally sit the man down and ask for his ID.

The unidentified harasser, who park officers say was intoxicated, was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.


Preckwinkle said she assured Nevares the officer's actions don't reflect Cook County's values.

She responded yes. All those born in Puerto Rico are USA citizens. "People have just as much right to be here as you and when you're drunk, you don't belong here".

"I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", Rossello tweeted.

"Whether they are racists at a park, Cook County employees who do nothing, or Presidents who toss paper towels at people and denigrate Latinos w/ every Tweet, this is not the America we want to become & standing up to hate & bigotry must start at home".

"This is America", he says.

"After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer", it said, in a series of posts on Twitter.

The Trump administration has received criticism for its treatment of Puerto Rico, particularly for its response after Hurricane Maria struck last September.

Gutiérrez went as far as to write a letter to the acting assistant attorney general in charge of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice to ask for an investigation into what happened to Irizarry. From 1917, Puerto Rican residents have been US citizens and have the ability to vote in USA presidential primaries, though not in presidential elections.

The confrontation drew the attention this week of Ricardo Rossello, the governor of Puerto Rico.

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