Woman Harassed For Puerto Shirt While Cop Looks On

Man arrested after harassing woman as un American for wearing Puerto Rico flag shirt

An Illinois park is investigating after a woman accused one of its police officers of standing by as a man harassed her for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag, saying it was un-American. 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.

As he gets more belligerent and comes toward her, Irizarry tries to get a nearby officer with the Cook County Forest Preserves force to help her.

ABC News has been unable to reach Trybus.

Irizarry recorded the exchange in a Facebook Live video that has since been viewed more than 1.4 million times and drawn outcry from local leaders, members of Congress and the Puerto Rican governor himself.

Police have not released the name of the suspect nor the name of the officer.

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.

After the video went viral this week, Cook County Forest Preserves announced on Twitter that authorities had assigned the officer to desk duty and explained that the harasser had been intoxicated during the altercation.

In the video, shot at the Caldwell Woods Forest Preserve on the Northwest Side, Trybus can be seen approaching the woman, Mia Irizarry, and asking her about her shirt and her citizenship status.

Irizarry asked a park police officer to intervene multiple times, pointing out that the man was harassing her, and that she paid to rent the area he was intruding on.

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"Are you a citizen? Are you a United States citizen?" he demanded as Irizarry moved out of the pavilion to avoid him. He asks her if she is an American citizen, to which she responds that she is. She said the group politely complied but her Puerto Rico shirt appeared to act as a trigger to the man.

Irizarry posted the 36-minute video to her Facebook page on June 14. "If you're an American citizen you should not be wearing that shirt in America", Trybus says.

In the footage, the man can be seen approaching Irizarry saying: "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America".

The unidentified "intoxicated" man who accosted the woman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

"Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable".

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello shared his viewpoint on the video via Twitter on Monday: "Today a video surfaced of an undignified event in which a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere". Video of the incident has gone viral.

He called out Preckwinkle specifically to deal with the situation.

"I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", Rossello posted in a tweet.

Preckwinkle addressed the matter Tuesday morning after an unrelated news conference. "I am troubled by the response of the initial officer on the scene". A female officer asked for the man's ID and can be heard in the video saying, "You don't come here harassing people".

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