Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Moron Harangues Woman In Park For Wearing Puerto Rico Shirt In America

Moron Harangues Woman In Park For Wearing Puerto Rico Shirt In America

A Chicago-area woman was attacked by a man who police say was drunk because she was wearing a Puerto Rico flag shirt at the Forest Preserves park in Cook County, Illinois. In the video, an older, unidentified white man, is seen provoking Irizarry and aggressively asking why she is wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt in America.

Video of the June 14 incident at an undisclosed Cook County Forest Preserve has since gone viral, garnering more than 1 million views on Facebook alone. "Period", the man insisted, ignoring Irizarry's comments that she was only there for a birthday party and was not trying to "change anything".

An officer from the Forest Preserves arrived, but video shows he didn't intervene, even as the man invaded Irizarry's personal space and continued to harangue her. Irizarry can be overheard saying on the video that's she's "uncomfortable" several times, but the officer does nothing. "You should not be wearing that", he is heard saying as he repeatedly confronts her. "I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", Rossello's tweet reads. "(There are thousands of people in Puerto Rico without power that would beg to differ.) "...

You're "not going to change us", the harasser told the woman - though it wasn't clear exactly whom he meant by "us".

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", the man can be heard saying to her on a video she posted on Facebook. Are you a citizen?' Puerto Ricans are American citizens whether they are born on the USA mainland or in Puerto Rico and have been since 1899, when Puerto Rico was acquired as a territory.

"Are you a United States citizen?" he asked again, prompting Irizarry to say she is.

A then-unidenfied man, pictured, was shown harassing the woman, questioning her citizenship. "This guy's just walking up to me, he basically got in my face, damn near nearly touched me". The officer is seen turning the other way.

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The officer appears to finally engage and Irizarry can be heard saying, "OK, well how come you're saying something when [my brother's] going up, but when he was coming up to me, you didn't do anything?"

More officers then arrive at the scene and a female cop sits Trybus down and threatens to charge him.

The police officer turned and walked back to his police vehicle without responding, as the irate man followed her out onto the grass. "The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct", the Forest Preserves tweeted. The officer captured on the video has been assigned to desk duty while his inaction is investigated, according to a statement from the department.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello tweeted about the incident, calling it an "undignified event in which a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere". "We will be looking into this incident as our offices in DC are in contact with local and state authorities, demanding that this officer be expelled from the police force".

Irizarry is seen filing a formal complaint and says that the initial responding officer did "absolutely zero".

Cook County Board Chairman Toni Preckwinkle apologized to the woman via Twitter. "You should be wearing a United States of America [inaudible]".

'We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.

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