USA woman wearing Puerto Rico shirt harassed as police looks on


USA woman wearing Puerto Rico shirt harassed as police looks on

Last month, Mia Irizarry was celebrating her birthday at Forest Preserves of Cook County in IL.

A 62-year-old man appears to be in need of geography lessons after he allegedly accosted a woman for wearing a T-shirt with an image of the Puerto Rican flag in an IL park.

The officer appears to ignore Irizarry as the man continues to yell insults at the woman.

"Why are you wearing that?" the man points to Irizarry in Facebook Live footage she captured, while repeatedly demanding to know her citizenship status. "You should be wearing United States of America flag", he said.

Irizarry, who was renting out the area for her birthday, flagged down a park police officer and asked for help.

"You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that". She calls for his help - even alerting him that she feels "highly uncomfortable" - but he does nothing.

A law enforcement officer whose uniform has the last name "Connor" stands on the other side of the picnic area.

"As you can see, the police are not even - he's not even grabbing him", Irizarry said.

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

Later in the video, a female officer can be seen arriving on the scene and directly engaging the man.

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

Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, posted a string of tweets Monday night calling the video "an undignified event in which a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere".

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

Irizarry filmed the video about a month ago, but it has gained recent traction and since been watched more than a million times.

"After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer", it said, in a series of posts on Twitter.

However, the officer walked away from her, then later spoke to the man, who told the officer to "shut the fuck up".

'People have just as much right to be here as you do, ' she can be heard telling him in the clip.

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

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

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.

"First of all, the United States owns Puerto Rico, so we're a part of the United States", the woman says.

Gutiérrez went as far as to write a letter to the acting assistant attorney general in charge of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice to ask for an investigation into what happened to Irizarry. While citizens of the island cannot vote in United States presidential elections, those born there are still US citizens.