Man harasses woman for wearing Puerto Rico shirt, says it's 'un-American'

Man harasses woman for wearing Puerto Rico shirt, says it's 'un-American'

A park police officer in Chicago has been assigned to desk duty while officials investigate his response to a woman who said she was being harassed for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag.

The June 14 video, which runs 36 minutes long, shows an irate man approaching Mia Irizarry as she waited for her family at a picnic area in the Forest Preserves of Cook County to celebrate her 24th birthday. Although Puerto Ricans are USA citizens, they must register in one of the 50 states to vote in presidential elections.

She plans to interview all officers at the scene as well as Irizarry and said the video will be used in future training exercises by the Forest Preserves.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", the man tells Irizarry. "You should be wearing United States of America flag", he said. The man resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that".

In the video, Trybus demands to know why the woman is wearing a shirt displaying the Puerto Rican flag.

She says a police officer was nearby, watching the encounter. She tells the officer she is "highly uncomfortable", however, the officer appears to turn away and walk in the other direction. "Why is she wearing that s-?" The video shows a man angrily approaching a woman who is filming him as he yells "You're not gonna change us" while a nearby police officer stands by his vehicle and looks away as the distressed woman calls out for help.

The park location was not identified in the Facebook post, but a Twitter army tracked the location as one of the areas supervised by the Forest Preserves Department of Cook County, which includes Chicago.

The officer has since been reassigned to administrative duty, pending the outcome of an investigation. At one point the officer can be seen walking away from her as she says, "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove ... please officer".

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Stagner and the Forest Preserves are not the only ones upset by the video, as Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello tweeted about the "undignified event", calling the man a bigot and finding fault with the first officer who "did not interfere".

Preckwinkle said she assured Nevares the officer's actions don't reflect Cook County's values. Can you please grab him?

The female officer asked to see the man's ID and can be heard telling him that he's intoxicated, to which he replies "well that's your judgment".

A second officer then arrived and confronted the intoxicated man.

"Well I guess you just never know", Irizarry responds. "The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity". While citizens of the island cannot vote in United States presidential elections, those born there are still USA citizens.

"In this case, a USA citizen questions the citizenship of another U.S. citizen and American law-enforcement just sits back and watches", he said.

Puerto Rico was hit by a devastating storm, Hurricane Maria, last September.

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