Woman Harassed For Puerto Shirt While Cop Looks On

Facebook									A woman was attacked by this man at a park near Chicago because she was wearing a Puerto Rico flag shirt

Facebook A woman was attacked by this man at a park near Chicago because she was wearing a Puerto Rico flag shirt

Authorities placed an IL park officer on desk duty Monday night after video surfaced of him standing idly by as a man harassed a woman wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag. "You're not going to change us, you know that?"

"The world is not gonna change the United States of America".

Mia Irizarry posted the video of the incident that shows the man, who is facing charges, verbally harassing her at a pavilion that she said she rented with the appropriate permits. 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. "Period", he continues. "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America". The officer is seen turning the other way. I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do? "This guy's just walking up to me, he basically got in my face, damn near nearly touched me".

The exchange continued as the man got angrier and followed the woman away from the picnic area, yelling at her not to wear "that shit" in the U.S. While both pleaded to the police officer who was pacing languidly around them-with Irizarry calling for help as the angry stranger asked "Is she an American citizen"-the officer walked away".

Reports identify the man as Timothy Trybus, 62, and 10 minutes into the video, more police officers arrive. "The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct".

The Forest Preserves wrote on Twitter on Monday that the investigation of the officer is "ongoing" and that he'd been assigned to desk duty "pending the outcome".

Irizarry filmed the video about a month ago, but it has gained recent traction and since been watched more than a million times.

In a series of tweets about the incident, Rosello said he hoped Preckwinkle would involve herself in the matter and that the initial officer on the scene "be expelled from the police force" for not calming the situation. A female officer asked for the man's ID and can be heard in the video saying, "You don't come here harassing people". "People have just as much right to be here as you do, and when you're drunk you don't belong here".

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

"I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", Rossello tweeted. "This is not the America we all believe in".

The Trump administration has received criticism for its treatment of Puerto Rico, particularly for its response after Hurricane Maria struck last September. Although Puerto Ricans are US citizens, they must register in one of the 50 states to vote in presidential elections.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello responded on Twitter, "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". "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".

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