Woman Harassed For Puerto Shirt While Cop Looks On

Screen image of man yelling at woman for wearing Puerto Rico T-Shirt

Last month, a US citizen wearing a Puerto Rico shirt was repeatedly harassed by a man in a state nature preserve as a police officer casually looked on from a distance, a video recently shared on social media showed.

"You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that. You know that right?"

The video has been viewed more than 1.2 million on Irizarry's Facebook page, and more than 7 million times on the NowThisPolitics Facebook page.

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

When Irizarry told the man that Puerto Rico is a USA territory, he argued back, stepping closer and closer to the woman until he was almost touching her.

Speaking at an unrelated event, Preckwinkle called the incident "completely unacceptable" and offered her apologies to the victim for the "terrible experience".

"I apologize to the young woman who had this awful experience".

"Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable".

In the video, a man demands to know why the woman is wearing a shirt displaying the Puerto Rican flag.

"You're not going to change us", Trybus added. In the background, a police officer is standing outside the park pavilion. CBS News correspondent David Begnaud reports the officer's name is Patrick Conner.

The June 14 video, which runs 36 minutes long, shows an irate man approaching Mia Irizarry as she waited for her family at a picnic area in the Forest Preserves of Cook County to celebrate her 24th birthday.

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The video also drawn sharp criticism from 4th District Rep. Luis Gutierrez. Eilieen Figel said the investigation into the officer is "ongoing" but promised "disciplinary actions will be swift" when the probe is completed. 'The world is not going to change the United States of America. "Then you should not be wearing that", he says in the video.

"Are you a citizen?"

The man proceeds to ask Irizarry whether she is a United States citizen and Irizarry replies that she is.

Irizarry asks a park police officer to help, saying "I am renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing". The officer is seen turning the other way.

Irizzary then begins to talk to her Facebook Live viewers, saying: 'As you can see the police are not even, he's not even grabbing him'.

The police officer turned and walked back to his police auto without responding, as the irate man followed her out onto the grass.

Irizzary then tries to plead with policeman again, saying: 'Officer, I paid for a permit for this area, I do not feel comfortable here, is there anything you can do?' "People have just as much right to be here as you do, and when you're drunk you don't belong here".

The man's behavior towards Irizarry appears to have been witnessed by a nearby police officer, who does not appear to stop the man from continuing to verbally harass her, despite her requests for help.

Eventually the first officer on the scene takes notes of Irizarry's account of the incident and says that he was at the scene due to the separate incident, noting that she was not being attacked though acknowledging she felt threatened.

He took to Twitter hours after the video went viral and called for the officer to be fired. She said the group politely complied but her Puerto Rico shirt appeared to act as a trigger to the man.

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