Police officer harasses woman for wearing Puerto Rican flag shirt

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

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An investigation is underway after a woman who was harassed at an IL park for wearing a shirt featuring the Puerto Rico flag said a police officer ignored her requests for help. She 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 Forest Preserves of Cook County tweeted on Monday that it was cognizant of the video Irizarry put on Facebook.

Later, more police arrive and Irizarry says she still doesn't feel safe.

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

"Officer, can you - I'm renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing", Irizarry says in the video. It also had "Puerto Rico" written below the neckline.

"You're not going to change us", Trybus is heard saying in the video.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", the man shouts, adding, "Are you a citizen?" Are you a citizen?'

In the incident caught on video at a northwestern Chicago park last month, the woman pleads for help as a man harasses her, saying her shirt is un-American. I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do? Like this guy is just walking up to me.

The officer continued to abuse Irizzary in the video, despite the woman making it clear that she was feeling uncomfortable and violated.

"The officer should have stepped in and he should have done something", Pope said.


At one point Irizzary's brother returns from grabbing food for the party and tries to get Trybus to leave her alone.

The man in the video was later arrested, but the a Forest Preserves police officer can be seen in the footage watching from about 20 feet away as the woman was attacked and not doing anything, leading to outrage.

On Wednesday, Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. said the people of Cook County, especially his constituents in Humboldt Park, many with Puerto Rican heritage, should settle for nothing less than Connor being kicked off the police force.

Trybus was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct, according to the Forest Preserves.

While most residents have had their power restored, it has been interrupted at times by blackouts, including one caused by a bulldozer hitting a transmission line.

Stagner and the Forest Preserves are not the only ones upset by the video, as Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello tweeted about the "undignified event", calling the man a bigot and finding fault with the first officer who "did not interfere".

Cummings said the public demands from elected officials for Connor to be fired are unfair and could prejudice the investigation against the officer. "He failed to deescalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety".

Cook County Board Chairman Toni Preckwinkle called Puerto Rico's governor about the incident on Tuesday.

A woman setting up a birthday picnic at an IL park was repeatedly harassed by an angry stranger for wearing a T-shirt saying "Puerto Rico" in America.

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