Man caught on video harassing woman for wearing Puerto Rico T-shirt


It was this Puerto Rican flag shirt, she later told police, that triggered a man to repeatedly harass her, getting up close and snarling "you should not be wearing that in the United States of America".

A female officer can be heard saying that he's intoxicated, to which he replies, "Well, that's your judgment". "You're not gonna change us, you know that?" he says, insinuating that she is an interloper.

"The world is not gonna change the United States of America".

A park officer is shown initially avoiding responding to the man, despite Irizarry asking for help.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", he said.

"You're not an American", Trybus continues to tell Irizarry. The officer even walked away from her as the harasser asked him: "Why is she wearing that shit?" The officer is seen turning the other way. "Can you please grab him?" "Now that I see what's going on, at no time was he going to attack you, he's just a big mouth", Connor says.

"Officer, can you - I'm renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing", Irizarry says.

Eventually, more officers arrived, and the woman was able to file a police report.

The Forest Preserves, which oversee 70,000 acres in Cook County, released a statement on the incident, saying "no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves".

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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.

After a few minutes of asking the man to leave her alone, the video shows the woman asking a Cook County Forest Preserves officer for help.

The June incident, which the governor of Puerto Rico said "appalled, shocked, and disturbed" him, spread shock on social media.

The agency adds, "The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct". "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".

'He failed to deescalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety'.

"'Is she an American citizen?" he then asks the officer. After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer. "You know that right?"

"We all should care because we are decent human beings & need to stand up to bigotry & bullies", he said.

Irizarry posted the video on her Facebook account after the June 14 encounter at Caldwell Woods, which is part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

Puerto Rico was hit by a devastating storm, Hurricane Maria, last September. From 1917, Puerto Rican residents have been US citizens and have the ability to vote in USA presidential primaries, though not in presidential elections. Although Puerto Ricans are USA citizens, they must register in one of the 50 states to vote in presidential elections.