United States woman wearing Puerto Rico shirt harassed as police looks on

Wednesday, 11 Jul, 2018

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.

It was this Puerto Rican flag shirt, she later told police, that triggered a man to repeatedly harass her, getting up close and snarling "you should not be wearing that in the United States of America".

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?"

You're "not going to change us", the harasser told the woman - though it wasn't clear exactly whom he meant by "us". "If you're an American citizen, you should not be wearing that shirt in America".

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".

She asks him to leave her alone and asks for an officer's help who is nearby but he does not intervene.

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

"Can you please step away from me?"

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

When the policeman didn't respond, Irizarry says, "Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable".

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

The park is now investigating the conduct of the police officer in question, who has been assigned to desk duty till the investigation reaches its conclusion.

A woman in the United States was subjected to harassment at the hands of a police officer for wearing a shirt with a Puerto Rican flag at the IL based, Forest Preserves of Cook County, CNN reported.

The officer continued to abuse Irizzary in the video she recorded, despite the woman making it clear that she was feeling uncomfortable and violated. After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer.

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

The Trump administration has received criticism for its treatment of Puerto Rico, particularly for its response after Hurricane Maria struck last September. Puerto Rico is a us commonwealth.

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.

Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello spoke about the incident Tuesday evening. "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".