Man harasses woman for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt, saying it’s ‘un-American’


Although Puerto Ricans are USA citizens, they must register in one of the 50 states to vote in presidential elections. "You know that right?" "Period. You should not be wearing that in the United States of America".

He'll be asked to clarify why he didn't respond to Mia Irizarry's pleas for help as 62-year-old Timothy Trybus berated her.

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

Irizarry responds that she is wearing the shirt "because I can" and explains that Puerto Rico is part of the United States.

A then-unidenfied man, pictured, was shown harassing the woman, questioning her citizenship.

"This is what I'm wearing guys", she says revealing her outfit as a man yells at her in the background.

Irizzary then tries to plead with policeman again, saying: 'Officer, I paid for a permit for this area, I do not feel comfortable here, is there anything you can do?'

Irizzary was wearing a shirt made to look like the Puerto Rico flag, with the words "Puerto Rico" written on the top.

The man was placed under arrest and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

Video of the June 14 incident at an undisclosed Cook County Forest Preserve has since gone viral, garnering more than 1 million views on Facebook alone. The officer captured on the video has been assigned to desk duty while his inaction is investigated, according to a statement from the department.

Eventually, more police officers arrived on the scene and she was able to file a report.

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Ricardo Rossello, the governor of Puerto Rico, said on Twitter that he was "appalled" by seeing the Irizarry "brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not intervene".

Another man, who Irizarry later identified as her brother, is heard defending her, getting up close to Trybus and telling him "back up, don't follow her".

In the video posted on Facebook, a man repeatedly harasses Mia Irizarry, 24, at a picnic area in Chicago.

"As you can see, the police are not even - he's not even grabbing him. Then you should not be wearing that", he says in the video.

A female officer tells Trybus, "You don't come here harassing people", adding, "When you're drunk, you don't belong here".

On Tuesday, park spokeswoman Stacina Stagner said investigators will interview the officer this week about the incident.

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

"If the investigation confirms the officer did not take appropriate steps to ensure public safety, disciplinary action will be swift", Stagner said via email.

During Tuesday's news conference, police officials clarified that the other police officers arrived after Connor called on his radio for assistance. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in USA presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections.

Rossello added that Cook County is home to a diverse population and he believes Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will handle the incident properly.

"We all should care because we are decent human beings & need to stand up to bigotry & bullies", he said.