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

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The Forest Preserve District of Cook County Police charged Trybus with assault and disorderly conduct, police officials said in a news conference Tuesday.

Last month, a US citizen wearing a Puerto Rico shirt was repeatedly harassed by a man in a state nature preserve as a police officer casually looked on from a distance, a video recently shared on social media showed.

"Hopefully, this officer will actually do something", Irizarry is heard saying when the second officer arrives. "You know that right?" No, the world is not going to change the United States of America.

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.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", the man tells Irizarry. "Period", he continues. "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America". But Preckwinkle demurred when asked if the officer should be fired, saying she doesn't know the specific rules in the Forest Preserves for conduct unbecoming of an officer.

"As you can see, the police are not even - he's not even grabbing him", Irizarry said. "This guy's just walking up to me, he basically got in my face, damn near nearly touched me".

Later she says: "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove ... please officer" as the officer is seen walking away from her.

Now, an investigation has been opened into the incident, where the man-who was visibly drunk-verbally berated the woman and called her shirt un-American.

O'Connor has been assigned to desk duty while his actions are investigated.

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"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.

Footage of the incident, which took place last month, resurfaced online in recent days and one Facebook post with the clip had almost 2 million views at time of publication.

"'Is she an American citizen?" he then asks the officer. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in USA presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections.

"After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer", it said.

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.

According to a Morning Consult poll, nearly half of Americans do not know that Puerto Ricans are US citizens.

Stagner confirmed that the man who was shown harassing Irizarry was charged by the preserve's police department.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello shared his viewpoint on the video via Twitter on Monday: "Today a video surfaced of an undignified event in which a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere". While citizens of the island cannot vote in United States presidential elections, those born there are still US citizens.

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