Officer investigated for failing to help woman being harassed about citizenship

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

Video of the June 14 incident shows the officer didn't respond.

A woman was harassed by a man in an IL park for wearing a shirt displaying the Puerto Rican flag.

The officer appears to ignore Irizarry as the man continues to yell insults at the woman.

'You're not going to change us, you know that, ' Trybus tells her in the clip. "You should be wearing United States of America flag", he said.

Irizarry said on Facebook that she had rented out a pavilion at the forest preserve for a birthday party when she and her family and friends were accosted by the unidentified man.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", the man can be heard saying to her on a video she posted on Facebook.

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

A law enforcement officer whose uniform has the last name "Connor" stands on the other side of the picnic area. I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do?

When the man again tries to get in her face, her brother arrives and intervenes.

"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.

The female officer then speaks with Irizarry who gives her version of the incident and the officer explains that they were called to the area after a report that a man was choking a woman. "The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct".

The Forest Preserves, which oversee 70,000 acres in Cook County, released a statement on the incident, saying "no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves".

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.

The police officer turned and walked back to his police vehicle without responding, as the irate man followed her out onto the grass. "People have just as much right to be here as you do, and when you're drunk you don't belong here".

"After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer", it said.

"This is America", he says.

Dennis White, chief attorney for the forest preserves, said it was possible charges against Trybus "could be updated" as a hate crime, and their office was in contact with the Cook County state's attorney's office.

He was referring, of course, to President Trump's visit to a hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico in October, in which he tossed rolls of towels into the crowd as if they were basketballs.

She responded yes. All those born in Puerto Rico are US citizens.

The June incident, which the governor of Puerto Rico said "appalled, shocked, and disturbed" him, spread shock on social media. From 1917, Puerto Rican residents have been US citizens and have the ability to vote in USA presidential primaries, though not in presidential elections.

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