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

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

In the video, the unidentified man screams at and harasses the woman because of her shirt, asking if she is a citizen and saying she should be wearing an American flag.

There are all levels of boorish behavior and stupidity here, starting with the fact that Puerto Ricans are indeed US citizens.

On Monday, the Forest Preserve tweeted that it was aware of the June 14 incident at an undisclosed park location and video. "You're not gonna change us, you know that?" he says, insinuating that she is an interloper.

In the footage, a man can be seen approaching Irizarry saying: "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America".

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", the man shouts, adding, "Are you a citizen? You should be wearing United States of America flag", he said.

As she was making the preparations, the man approached her and demanded to know why she was wearing her shirt, which also had the words "Puerto Rico" written on it. She tells the officer she is "highly uncomfortable", however, the officer appears to turn away and walk in the other direction. Mia once again asks him to leave, explaining she has rented the area for her party.

Irizarry then explained to the officer that the situation began when she requested that the group move since she had a permit.

Trybus was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct after more officers arrived on the scene.

The Forest Preserves, which oversee 70,000 acres in Cook County, released a statement on the incident, saying "no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves".

The Forest Preserves wrote on Twitter on Monday that the investigation of the officer is "ongoing" and that he'd been assigned to desk duty "pending the outcome".

About 10 minutes into Irizarry's 36-minute video, more police officers arrive.

Ricardo Rossello, the governor of Puerto Rico, wants the officer fired.

Forest Preserve District police Chief Kelvin Pope on Tuesday said Connor "should've stepped in, and he should've done something". "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.

The investigators are expected to interview the officer this week about the incident, adding that the investigation would wrap up soon.

"I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", Rossello tweeted.

He said his agency would re-examine the diversity training for its officers and other employees.

Cummings said another union attorney who is representing Connor has not had a full sit-down interview with him yet, and neither has the Forest Preserve District Police Department. Those born there are US citizens, although they can not vote in USA presidential elections.

The officer appears to ignore Irizarry as the man continues to yell insults at the woman. "I am troubled by the response of the initial officer on the scene".

"In this case, a USA citizen questions the citizenship of another U.S. citizen and American law-enforcement just sits back and watches", he said.


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