Man harasses woman for wearing Puerto Rico shirt, saying it's 'un-American'

Facebook									A woman was attacked by this man at a park near Chicago because she was wearing a Puerto Rico flag shirt

Facebook A woman was attacked by this man at a park near Chicago because she was wearing a Puerto Rico flag shirt

The incident occurred on June 14, but the video went viral several weeks later, on July 9, when it was posted on social media by the news outlet NowThis.

Irizarry, who is Puerto Rican, was wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag when an idiotic and racist white man began harassing her, saying, "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America".

On Tuesday, Cook County's Board President Toni Preckwinkle tweeted, "I am very sorry for the experience the young woman had to en [d] ure and I'm further troubled by the lack of response and action by the initial officer on the scene".

'You're not going to change us, you know that, ' Trybus tells her in the clip.

'I'm an American citizen.I'm not trying to change anyone, I just came here for a birthday party, ' Irizzary tells him as he gets in her face. "You know that", the man says in the video. "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America".

Irizarry gives a statement to the police officer, Connor, who had stood by earlier. The officer is seen turning the other way. "I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do?" "This guy's just walking up to me, he basically got in my face, damn near nearly touched me". At one point the officer can be seen walking away from her as she says, "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove ... please officer".

Eventually, more officers arrive and arrest the man, who was charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

Clad in a sleeveless Puerto Rico flag tee and shorts, she was ready for a day of fun at the Forest Preserves of Cook County in IL.

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Mia Irizarry rented a pavilion at Cook County Forest Preserves in IL for an afternoon picnic on June 14. It nonetheless spread around social media, being viewed nearly 2.5 million times just through a version produced by social news outlet NowThis. "I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", he said.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello responded on Twitter, "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".

"'Is she an American citizen?" he then asks the officer.

'He failed to deescalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety'.

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

"We have worked very hard since 2010 to make the Forest Preserves of Cook County a welcoming and safe place for all", she tweeted. "We protect Puerto Rico".

Puerto Rico is a US territory and Puerto Ricans are USA citizens, dating back to the signing of the Jones-Shafroth Act in 1917. "I was denied entry into the Capitol complex by U.S. Capitol Police despite being a Congressman with identification, because my daughter was carrying a Puerto Rican flag and the officer doubted that I could possibly be a Member of Congress". "People need to understand that".

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