Man harasses woman over Puerto Rico shirt, says it’s ‘un-American’

Facebook									A woman was attacked by this man at a park near Chicago because she was wearing a Puerto Rico flag shirt

The woman targeted in the video, Mia Irizarry, says she was trying to celebrate her birthday when Trybus approached her asking her why she was wearing the sleeveless Puerto Rico flag shirt, which also had "Puerto Rico" written below the V neckline.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin removing mega-generators providing backup power at Puerto Rico's power plants as soon as next week, as the plants are deemed stable, leaving the island vulnerable to power disruptions during hurricane season.

In addition, officials from the Forest Preserves of Cook County, which runs several wooded areas that surround Chicago, are looking into the behavior of a police officer who observed the incident and appeared to do little or nothing to stop it. "We don't know what was going on outside the video, and we don't know what was going through the officer's mind".

"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 video shows the woman asking Connor to restrain the man who is bothering her. No, the world is not going to change the United States of America. "You should be wearing United States of America flag", he said. He asks her if she is an American citizen, to which she responds that she is.

Later she says: "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove ... please officer" as the officer is seen walking away from her.

"He repeatedly let this man approach this young lady, and yet when her brother tried to intervene, he told him to step back", Arroyo said.

"'Is she an American citizen?" he then asks the officer.

"A woman being verbally abused for simply wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag is another example of how racists feel emboldened in their attacks on minorities and immigrants thanks to the current administration", Martinez said.

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The Forest Preserves, which Yahoo Lifestyle could not reach for comment, tweeted that the officer had been reassigned to desk duty until an investigation is complete, and that the intoxicated man had been arrested for disorderly conduct and assault.

The Forest Preserves of Cook County announced on Twitter that Officer Patrick Connor resigned late 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.

More police arrive and Irizarry says she still doesn't feel safe.

Irizarry gives a statement to the police officer, Connor, who had stood by earlier.

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. "Can you please grab him?" to which he turns his head and walks in the opposite direction.

"This is not the America we all believe in", he tweeted. "The Forest Preserves immediately launched an investigation into the incident", she tweeted.

He said his agency would re-examine the diversity training for its officers and other employees.

'People have just as much right to be here as you do, ' she can be heard telling him in the clip.

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