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

Screen image of man yelling at woman for wearing Puerto Rico T-Shirt

Screen image of man yelling at woman for wearing Puerto Rico T-Shirt

Irizarry, who is Puerto Rican, was wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag when an idiotic and racist white man began harassing her, saying, "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America".

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.

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

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", the man tells her.

After the two quibbled about the US government's relationship with Puerto Rico, Irizarry asked the man what the point of his agitation was. "Then you should not be wearing that", he says in the video.

On Tuesday, the Forest Preserve District Police Department announced that it had placed the police officer on desk duty last month pending an internal investigation into his conduct. She said the group politely complied but her Puerto Rico shirt appeared to act as a trigger to the man.

"Why are you wearing that?" the man points to Irizarry in Facebook Live footage she captured, while repeatedly demanding to know her citizenship status. 'The world is not going to change the United States of America. "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.

Mia Irizarry, who said she had rented a forest preserve pavilion for a birthday party, posted the 36-minute video to her Facebook page on June 14.

When the policeman didn't respond, Irizarry says, "Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable". She then warns him, "You don't come here harassing people". Can you please grab him?

When the man again tries to get in her face, her brother arrives and intervenes.

"Officer, I paid for a permit for this area", she also says.

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

"Hopefully, this officer will actually do something", Irizarry is heard saying when the second officer arrives. "I do not feel comfortable with him here".

The female officer then interviews Irizzary, who tells her that the first officer on the scene stood "watching the whole thing happen". The unresponsive officer seen in the video was reassigned to desk duty pending his conduct review.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello reacted to the video Monday on Twitter. "He failed to de-escalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety". He also calls the shirt "un-American".

'We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background. "This is not the America we all believe in". Agency officials released a statement July 9 saying they were aware of the incident and video and "immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer".

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