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

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On June 14, a man harassed a woman wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt in Caldwell Woods, a park in Chicago. Video of the incident has gone viral. Although Puerto Ricans are US citizens, they must register in one of the 50 states to vote in presidential elections. Trybus resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that. You know that right?" says the man, who appears to be intoxicated. The world is not going to change the United States of America. In the video, an older, unidentified white man, is seen provoking Irizarry and aggressively asking why she is wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt in America. Later, she again pleaded with the officer, "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove.please officer".

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

Police have not released the name of the suspect nor the name of the officer.

Another, longer version of the video, was posted to Facebook Live by the victim, Mia Irizarry.

Irizarry asks a park police officer to help, saying "I am renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing".


For several minutes the man berates Irizarry and at one point stands a few inches from her. Filing a formal complaint against the officer.

"Because of the seriousness of the encounter, the fact that it targeted the Puerto Rican community in and around my District, and the growing number of anti-Latino and anti-immigrant hate crimes being reported, I demand the Civil Rights Division investigate to see if federal civil rights charges are warranted", the statement read.

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?"

The video sparked widespread outrage on July 9.

Rossello Tweeted: "I am sure @tonipreckwinkle will take matter into her hands as justice and diversity have been central to her exemplary career". "He failed to deescalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety", Rosselló tweeted.


Rossello added that Cook County is home to a diverse population and he believes Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will handle the incident properly. "He continued to follow me and I even asked you to step in because I felt uncomfortable". We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.

"This is America", he says.

"We will be looking into this incident as our offices in D.C. are in contact with local and state authorities, demanding that this officer be expelled from the police force", Governor Ricardo Rosselló wrote on Twitter after the video went viral on Monday.

Connor has been disciplined in the past for working a part-time job, and not carrying proper identification, according to Pope, who said his department opened an investigation into Connor's response the day of the incident, and that Connor was placed on desk duty June 24.

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


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