Man harasses woman for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt, saying it’s ‘un-American’

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

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In the video captured by Irizarry, she is heard explaining to the inebriated man that Puerto Rico is "part of the United States".

The top lawyer for the union that represents Patrick Connor and his fellow officers on the Cook County Forest Preserve District police force urged people not to rush to judgment because of what was seen on a video of an incident involving Connor last month at a forest preserve. "We don't know what was going on outside the video, and we don't know what was going through the officer's mind". On video, you can hear her saying, "I am renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing".

"I'm not trying to change anyone, I'm just trying to come here for a birthday", Irizarry responds.

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

"Are you a United States citizen?" he asked again, prompting Irizarry to say she is.

Then he gets in the woman's face, demanding to know if she's a citizen.

"Officer, I'm renting - I paid for a permit for this area, I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do?" she said.

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

"Why is she wearing that s***?" he says at one point.

More officers arrived and arrested the man, who was described as drunk.

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Another tweet said, "All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves".

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.

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

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello shared his viewpoint on the video via Twitter on Monday: "Today a video surfaced of an undignified event in which a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere".

Irizarry gives a statement to the police officer, Connor, who had stood by earlier. "The Forest Preserves immediately launched an investigation into the incident", she tweeted. The officer is seen turning the other way.

Cummings said the public demands from elected officials for Connor to be fired are unfair and could prejudice the investigation against the officer.

And, adding a bit of customer relations to help make things right, the county gave Irizarry zoo passes to the Brookfield Zoo, which is owned by the Cook County Forest Preserve District.

But the officer continues to do nothing or even move closer to Irizzary as the man continues to approach her. From 1917, Puerto Rican residents have been US citizens and have the ability to vote in USA presidential primaries, though not in presidential elections.

On Tuesday, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle tweeted, "I am very sorry for the experience the young woman had to en [d] ure and I'm further troubled by the lack of response and action by the initial officer on the scene".

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