Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Video of Man Harassing Woman Over Puerto Rico Shirt Sparks Probe

Video of Man Harassing Woman Over Puerto Rico Shirt Sparks Probe

A Cook County Forest Preserves police officer has been assigned to desk duty after he was seen on video allowing a man to harass a woman who was wearing a shirt that featured the Puerto Rican flag, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

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

"All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County, and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves".

Another man, who Irizarry later identified as her brother, is heard defending her, getting up close to Trybus and telling him "back up, don't follow her".

In a now-deleted Facebook video Irizarry had posted, a man from the other group can be seen coming toward Irizarry, saying, "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America".

"Are you educated?" he asked gruffly.

"Then you should not be wearing that".

On Tuesday, the Forest Preserve District Police Department announced that it had placed the police officer on desk duty last month pending an internal investigation into his conduct. She purchased a permit to rent a picnic area in the park, and arrived wearing a shirt that displayed the Puerto Rican flag. 'The world is not going to change the United States of America.

"Are you a citizen?"

Mia Irizarry posted the video of the incident that shows the man, who is facing charges, verbally harassing her at a pavilion that she said she rented with the appropriate permits. "She also says, "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove ... please officer" as the officer casually walks away from her".

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She went on: "We intend to use the video in future training exercises for our officers". Can you please grab him?

'This guy is just walking up to me, he basically got in my face'.

She says a police officer was nearby, watching the encounter.

A female officer can be heard saying that he's intoxicated, to which he replies, "Well, that's your judgment". 'I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he did not do anything'. "People have just as much right to be here as you and when you're drunk, you don't belong here".

The agency adds, "The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct".

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.

'He failed to deescalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety'. The incident was also called racist. "My point is, why are you wearing that?" he says, pointing at her. We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.

"This is not the America we all believe in", he tweeted.

"After the June 14 incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer".

The video was recorded live on June 14, but has recently gone viral and has prompted the reassignment of an officer involved in the incident.

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