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Video Of Man Harassing Woman Over Puerto Rican Flag Shirt Prompts Investigation

Video Of Man Harassing Woman Over Puerto Rican Flag Shirt Prompts Investigation

Footage of the incident, which took place last month, resurfaced online in recent days and one Facebook post with the clip had almost 2 million views at time of publication.

Mia Irizarry was supposed to be celebrating her 24th birthday at an IL park last month, but a drunk man turned it into an unsettling scene over her Puerto Rico flag shirt.

Let's imagine if a white woman said she was being harassed by a Black or Latin person, the police would have dragged them to jail, tased or even shot him.

"You're not going to change us you know that", Trybus is heard saying to her, adding that "the world is not going to change the United States of America, period". "If you're an American citizen, you should not be wearing that shirt in America".

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", the man tells Irizarry. "You should be wearing United States of America flag", he said.

The harassment continued, as Irizarry repeatedly called on the officer for help, asking, "Is there anything you can do?"

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The female officer talks to the man, telling him, "Listen, you don't need to be badgering anybody".

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'. Like, this guy's just walking up to me. It says all visitors should feel safe.

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

Clad in a sleeveless Puerto Rico flag tee and shorts, she was ready for a day of fun at the Forest Preserves of Cook County in IL.

The officer who appeared to ignore Irizarry's requests for assistance was assigned to desk duty pending the outcome of an investigation, the police department said.

The video shows an intoxicated man approaching and harassing the woman, Mia Irizarry, at the Forest Preserves of Cook County in June.

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Irizarry filmed the video about a month ago, but it has gained recent traction and since been watched more than a million times. "I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", he said.

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". "He failed to deescalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety", Rosselló tweeted.

The governor demanded that the officer be expelled from the police force. "You know that right?"

"This is not the America we all believe in", he said. "Whether they are racists at a park, Cook County employees who do nothing, or Presidents who toss paper towels at people and denigrate Latinos w/ every Tweet, this is not the America we want to become & standing up to hate & bigotry must start at home". We are proud USA citizens. From 1917, Puerto Rican residents have been US citizens and have the ability to vote in USA presidential primaries, though not in presidential elections.

Puerto Rico was hit by a devastating storm, Hurricane Maria, last September.

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