USA woman wearing Puerto Rico shirt harassed as police looks on

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

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Last month, Mia Irizarry was celebrating her birthday at Forest Preserves of Cook County in IL.

Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth, with its residents being considered USA citizens since 1917.

On Monday, Forest Preserves of Cook County tweeted that it was aware of the June 14 incident and video.

"You're not going to change us", Trybus added.

"As you can see, the police, he's not even grabbing him", Irizarry says to her viewers.

The woman said she tried to get the officer to step in, but he didn't respond immediately to her pleas for help. The world is not going to change the United States of America. The man resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that".

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"I am very sorry for the experience the young woman had to (endure) and I'm further troubled by the lack of response and action by the initial officer on the scene".

All the while, a police officer stood watching, ignoring Irizarry as she pleaded with him to intervene. A female officer asked for the man's ID and can be heard in the video saying, "You don't come here harassing people". A woman in IL was reportedly harassed for wearing a T-shirt with a Puerto Rican flag.

When additional officers arrived, the man was eventually arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

The park location was not identified in the Facebook post, but a Twitter army tracked the location as one of the areas supervised by the Forest Preserves Department of Cook County, which includes Chicago. The agency tweeted Monday that an investigation of the officer is ongoing.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, D-Chicago, released a statement Wednesday calling on the Cook County State's Attorney and the Forest Preserves police to lodge stiffer charges against the man.

Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rossello said while talking to CNN said that he was "shocked, appalled and disgusted" when he watched the video, and labelled the encounter an attack by one American on another.

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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. "I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do?"

Irizzary had paid for a permit to hold a birthday party at Caldwell Woods when the man - who has been identified as Timothy Trybus - first approached her.

The video, posted on Facebook, has been viewed more than 1.2 million times.

During Tuesday's news conference, police officials clarified that the other police officers arrived after Connor called on his radio for assistance. "You know that right?" "People have just as much right to be here as you and when you're drunk, you don't belong here".

"This is America", he says.

He was referring, of course, to President Trump's visit to a hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico in October, in which he tossed rolls of towels into the crowd as if they were basketballs. "People need to understand that".

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