Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Man harangues woman in park for wearing Puerto Rico shirt

Man harangues woman in park for wearing Puerto Rico shirt

Irizarry is shown in the video wearing a sleeveless shirt that is made to look like the Puerto Rican flag, and has the name of the US territory printed on it.

There are all levels of boorish behavior and stupidity here, starting with the fact that Puerto Ricans are indeed USA citizens.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the Forest Preserves of Cook County said, "We are aware of the the June 14 incident and video". But Puerto Rico's power authority, PREPA, which is undergoing major changes and is bankrupt, has not agreed to buy the generators so far.

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

The man again approaches Irizarry in a threatening manner while she begs him to stay away. "You should be wearing a United States of America [inaudible]".

'The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity, ' Rosello continued in a separate tweet. As she asks him to get out of her personal space, he continues to berate her. She tells Connor she feels "highly uncomfortable", but in the video, he appears to turn and walk in the other direction.

Irizarry asks a park police officer to help, saying "I am renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing".

"Officer, I paid for a permit for this area", she also says. The unidentified "intoxicated" man who accosted the woman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. He'll also be required by law to answer questions posed to him by a commanding officer, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin said Wednesday.

The officer in the video, whose name has not been released, has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation.

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Later, more police arrive and Irizarry says she still doesn't feel safe.

"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".

The female officer then interviews Irizzary, who tells her that the first officer on the scene stood "watching the whole thing happen".

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. "Now that I see what's going on, at no time was he going to attack you, he's just a big mouth", Connor says.

"We take such incidents seriously, and if the investigation confirms the officer did not take appropriate steps to ensure public safety, disciplinary action will follow".

Trybus is scheduled for his first court appearance August 1, the Cook County Circuit Court said. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in USA presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections.

"In this case, a USA citizen questions the citizenship of another U.S. citizen and American law-enforcement just sits back and watches", he said.

The officer appears to ignore Irizarry as the man continues to yell insults at the woman. In response, the officer remains at a distance without intervening. "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".

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