Illinois Man Calls Woman's Puerto Rican Flag Shirt 'Not American'

Illinois Man Calls Woman's Puerto Rican Flag Shirt 'Not American'

An investigation is underway after a woman who was harassed at an IL park for wearing a shirt featuring the Puerto Rico flag said a police officer ignored her requests for help. Although Puerto Ricans are US citizens, they must register in one of the 50 states to vote in presidential elections.

Monday, the Cook County Forest Preserves tweeted that the officer who provided the lax response had been placed on desk duty as the police department investigates. He also said, "You're not going to change us".

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

Mia Irizarry posted the video of the incident that shows the man, who is facing charges, verbally harassing her at a pavilion that she said she rented with the appropriate permits. "You should be wearing a United States of America [inaudible]".

"You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that". As she asks him to get out of her personal space, he continues to berate her.

"This is what I'm wearing guys", she says revealing her outfit as a man yells at her in the background.

However, the officer walked away from her, then later spoke to the man, who told the officer to "shut the fuck up".

She went on: "We intend to use the video in future training exercises for our officers".

Gutiérrez added in subsequent tweets on Tuesday that he doesn't care that Irizarry is Puerto Rican or wearing a Puerto Rican flag t-shirt just because he is Puerto Rican.

Eventually, more police officers arrived on the scene and she was able to file a report.

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Caldwell Woods is part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The investigation is ongoing and the officer involved has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome. It says all visitors should feel safe.

Ricardo Rossello, the governor of Puerto Rico, said on Twitter that he was "appalled" by seeing the Irizarry "brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not intervene".

Roselló criticized the officer's behavior but expressed faith that local authorities would appropriately address the incident, which seems to have taken place in Cook County, Illinois. Can you please grab him?

The man again approaches Irizarry in a threatening manner while she begs him to stay away.

The officer appears to finally engage and Irizarry can be heard saying, "OK, well how come you're saying something when [my brother's] going up, but when he was coming up to me, you didn't do anything?" After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer.

"Well I guess you just never know", Irizarry responds.

"Well, I guess you just never know", replied Irizarry. Those born there are USA citizens, although they can not vote in US presidential elections.

Irizzary was wearing a shirt made to look like the Puerto Rico flag, with the words "Puerto Rico" written on the top.

"We've seen the video and it is very disturbing", Figel said.

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