Video Of Man Harassing Woman Over Puerto Rican Flag Shirt Prompts Investigation

Howard TerryJul 12, 2018

A video of an older white man verbally harassing a young woman for wearing a shirt of the Puerto Rican flag has sparked backlash on social media and calls for a police officer to be fired for not intervening.

Puerto Rico is a US territory and Puerto Ricans are USA citizens, but they can't vote in presidential elections and have no voting representation in Congress.

"You're not going to change us you know that", Trybus is heard saying to her, adding that "the world is not going to change the United States of America, period". "My point is, why are you wearing that?" he says, pointing at her.

Irizarry replies she's not trying to change anyone and is just trying to attend a birthday party. "Are you a United States citizen?" the man also reportedly asked.

'The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity, ' Rosello continued in a separate tweet.

Then he gets in the woman's face, demanding to know if she's a citizen. "I am renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing", she said. She tells the officer she is "highly uncomfortable", however, the officer appears to turn away and walk in the other direction. She said the group politely complied, but her Puerto Rico shirt appeared to act as a trigger Trybus.

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

A woman in the USA was subjected to harassment at the hands of a police officer for wearing a shirt with a Puerto Rican flag at the IL based, Forest Preserves of Cook County, CNN reported.

After the video went viral this week, Cook County Forest Preserves announced on Twitter that authorities had assigned the officer to desk duty and explained that the harasser had been intoxicated during the altercation.

Stagner and the Forest Preserves are not the only ones upset by the video, as Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello tweeted about the "undignified event", calling the man a bigot and finding fault with the first officer who "did not interfere".

Irizzary then begins to talk to her Facebook Live viewers, saying: 'As you can see the police are not even, he's not even grabbing him'.

The man again approaches Irizarry in a threatening manner while she begs him to stay away. "People have just as much right to be here as you do, and when you're drunk you don't belong here". "The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct". "The Forest Preserves immediately launched an investigation into the incident", she tweeted. "This is not the America we all believe in".

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 most disconcerting part of the video is that while Mia fears for her safety, a police officer stands in the background. She said today she spoke with Puerto Rico's governor about the incident. Those born there are US citizens, although they can not vote in USA presidential elections. "People need to understand that".

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