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

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

A video that shows an older white man verbally harassing a woman who is wearing a shirt with the flag of Puerto Rico is drawing criticism on social media because a police officer in the video does not intervene, NPR reported.

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.

Puerto Rico is a US territory and Puerto Ricans are USA citizens, dating back to the signing of the Jones-Shafroth Act in 1917.

Mia Irizarry said she had rented an area of the Forest Preserves of Cook County to celebrate her 24th birthday on June 24th.

"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.

A woman setting up a birthday picnic at an IL park was repeatedly harassed by an angry stranger for wearing a T-shirt saying "Puerto Rico" in America. "You should be wearing United States of America flag", he said. "He continued to follow me and I even asked you to step in because I felt uncomfortable".

Then he gets in the woman's face, demanding to know if she's a citizen.

Complicating the situation was the fact that a Forest Preserves officer took a passive approach despite repeated attempts by Irizarry asking him politely to try to defuse the situation. "In this case, a United States citizen questions the citizenship of another U.S. citizen and American law-enforcement just sits back and watches". A woman in IL was reportedly harassed for wearing a T-shirt with a Puerto Rican flag.

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More officers arrived and arrested the man, who was described as drunk.

Another tweet said, "All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves". The unresponsive officer seen in the video was reassigned to desk duty pending his conduct review.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello tweeted about the incident, calling it an "undignified event in which a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere".

"As you can see, the police are not even - he's not even grabbing him". Like this guy is just walking up to me. I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior.

Irizarry zooms in on the officer.

"The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct", the district wrote on Monday. "This is not the America we all believe in".

On Wednesday, Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. said the people of Cook County, especially his constituents in Humboldt Park, many with Puerto Rican heritage, should settle for nothing less than Connor being kicked off the police force.

The Trump administration has received criticism for its treatment of Puerto Rico, particularly for its response after Hurricane Maria struck last September. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in USA presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections.

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