Friday, 20 July, 2018

Man harasses woman at Cook County forest preserve, officer under investigation

Man arrested after harassing woman as un American for wearing Puerto Rico flag shirt Twitter
Steven Clarke | 11 July, 2018, 02:38

As Mia's video went viral, Forest Preserves informed the public that the officer who failed to protect Mia is under investigation and now on desk duty.

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

That appears to have set off the man.

The video, viewed about two million times, is also notable for the Forest Preserve police officer who stood by and watched the tirade but did nothing. Puerto Ricans are American citizens whether they are born on the US mainland or in Puerto Rico and have been since 1899, when Puerto Rico was acquired as a territory.

"I apologize to the young woman who had this bad experience".

"I am very sorry for the experience the young woman had to (endure) and I'm further troubled by the lack of response and action by the initial officer on the scene".

Video of a man accusing a woman of being un-American over her Puerto Rican flag shirt is going viral as the man fails to realize that Puerto Rico is a US territory. Irizarry recorded the encounter on her phone, saying she felt threatened, and posted the video to Facebook.

"Why are you wearing that?" the man points to Irizarry in Facebook Live footage she captured, while repeatedly demanding to know her citizenship status.

Police have not released the name of the suspect nor the name of the officer. CBS correspondent David Begnaud reports the officer is Patrick Conner.

Mia Irizarry rented a pavilion at Cook County Forest Preserves in IL for an afternoon picnic on June 14.

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The video also drawn sharp criticism from 4th District Rep. Luis Gutierrez.

The harassment continued, as Irizarry repeatedly called on the officer for help, asking, "Is there anything you can do?" The officer even walked away from her as the harasser asked him: "Why is she wearing that shit?"

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", the man tells her.

Irizarry can be heard saying that Puerto Rico is part of the United States and Trybus approaches her multiple times.

Turning toward a policeman, who was standing several feet away, Irizarry said, "Officer, I'm renting this area and he's harassing me about this shirt that I'm wearing".

"Because I can", she responded calmly. She calls for his help - even alerting him that she feels "highly uncomfortable" - but he does nothing. His rants eventually subsided after an apparent acquaintance told him to be quiet.

"All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves", the department tweeted. 'Why are you wearing that?' "You know that right?" A female officer can be heard saying that he's intoxicated, to which he replies, "Well, that's your judgment". She explains that Irizarry has a permit and she warns him that he could be arrested "for not being compliant". "People have just as much right to be here as you and when you're drunk, you don't belong here".

She said the officer should have intervened as the man in the video "was abusive and offensive in his behavior" and the woman had a permit to use the space. "He failed to de-escalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety".

Irizarry can be heard explaining to the officer that the incident began when they had asked the group Trybus was with if they could move because they had a permit for the area. "(There are thousands of people in Puerto Rico without power that would beg to differ.) "...

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