Police officer harasses woman for wearing Puerto Rican flag shirt

Police officer harasses woman for wearing Puerto Rican flag shirt

A woman complained that a man at Caldwell Woods was questioning her citizenship and telling her she shouldn't be wearing the shirt. "Are you educated?" Puerto Rico has been a US territory since 1898 and is classified as a Free Associated State or commonwealth.

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.

At one point, the man approaches Irizarry and screams, "You're not going to change us".

"This is what I'm wearing guys", she says revealing her outfit as a man yells at her in the background. You're not going to change the United States of America.

Wearing a Puerto Rican T-shirt at a birthday party is apparently some sort of crime against the United States of America.

He then asks her twice if she is a citizen, which she says she is.

"Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable".

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Then she says: "Officer, I'm renting, I paid for a permit for this area".

Irizarry responds that she is wearing the shirt "because I can" and explains that Puerto Rico is part of the United States.

The park is now investigating the conduct of the police officer in question, who has been assigned to desk duty till the investigation reaches its conclusion.

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". As Mia's video went viral, Forest Preserves informed the public that the officer who failed to protect Mia is under investigation and now on desk duty.

Later, more police arrive and Irizarry says she still doesn't feel safe.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello tweeted about the incident, calling it an "undignified event in which a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere".

"Because I can", she answered, before appealing to the police to intervene, saying she had rented some of the park's outdoor seating. "Can you please grab him?"

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

Rosello said the officer failed to ensure Irizarry safety.

But the officer continues to do nothing or even move closer to Irizzary as the man continues to approach her.

A female officer tells Trybus, "You don't come here harassing people", adding, "When you're drunk, you don't belong here". "He's very distraught and not happy about having to leave employment much sooner than he intended, but because of the strong reaction from the public and political figures, he thought it would be unrealistic to stay as an officer". "I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", he said.

Trybus is scheduled for his first court appearance August 1, the Cook County Circuit Court said. Those born there are US citizens, although they can not vote in USA presidential elections.

Rossello also tweeted Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, saying he believed she would handle the situation with justice.

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