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Illinois police officer off beat after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

14 July 2018

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.

In the video, Irizarry replies that she is wearing the shirt "because I can", and tells him that the US owns Puerto Rico.

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.

'You're not going to change us, you know that, ' Trybus tells her in the clip.

In the footage, a man can be seen approaching Irizarry saying: "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America".

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.

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"The world is not gonna change the United States of America". He asks her if she is an American citizen, to which she responds that she is. She tells the officer she is "highly uncomfortable", however, the officer appears to turn away and walk in the other direction.

The man continues to yell as the Irizarry repeatedly asks the officer to intervene. She later says in the video, about the officer, "He didn't do anything".

"Why is she wearing that s***?" he says at one point.

The man was placed under arrest and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

"All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves", the department tweeted.

Irizarry is heard in the video telling a female police officer her account of what happened, and how Connor "literally was just standing there watching the whole thing happen like nothing".

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The governor of Puerto Rico has condemned the incident in which a man harassed a woman for wearing a T-shirt with the Puerto Rican flag.

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

"As you can see, the police are not even - he's not even grabbing him", Irizarry said. "People have just as much right to be here as you and when you're drunk, you don't belong here".

"I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", Rossello posted in a tweet. The video shows him asking whether or not the woman has USA citizenship.

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.

Rossello added that Cook County is home to a diverse population and he believes Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will handle the incident properly.

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"After the June 14 incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer". "In this case, a U.S. citizen questions the citizenship of another USA citizen and American law-enforcement just sits back and watches".

Illinois police officer off beat after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt