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

14 July 2018
Man harasses woman over Puerto Rico shirt, says it’s ‘un-American’

Cook County Forest Preserve Police Officer Patrick Connor might find himself in a tight spot trying to make sense of why he remained idle last month as an aggressive, finger-pointing loud mouth berated a woman for wearing a shirt bearing the Puerto Rican flag at the Caldwell Woods Forest Preserve on the Northwest Side.

Ironically, the initial officer wound up taking the official report from Irizarry, who pointed out that she asked for his assistance multiple times.

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"The investigation is ongoing and the officer involved has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome", the park said.

Gov. Rossello wrote on Twitter that he is "appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior... The Forest Preserves immediately launched an investigation into the incident", she tweeted.

'That officer did absolutely nothing he did absolutely zero, ' she says in the clip.

The video begins with the man confronting Irizarry.

"All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves", the agency tweeted Monday. "The aggressive behavior and racially charged and ignorant comments of the individual are appalling to all of us". When she tries to explain that Puerto Rico is a commonwealth, and therefore a part of the United States, he interjects: "We don't own Puerto Rico".

The man continues ranting, while the officer doesn't acknowledge Irizarry's plea.

"You're not going to change us you know that", Trybus is heard saying to her, adding that "the world is not going to change the United States of America, period".

Irizarry said on Facebook that she had rented out a pavilion at the forest preserve for a birthday party when she and her family and friends were accosted by the unidentified man. He asks her if she is an American citizen, to which she responds that she is. "You know that", the man says in the video. In the video, the woman can be heard asking the officer, "I do not feel comfortable with him here; is there anything you can do?"

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.

"Officer, I paid for a permit for this area", she also says.

The female officer talks to the man, telling him, "Listen, you don't need to be badgering anybody". "Is there anything you can do?"

Now the park is investigating why a park police officer on scene did little to deter the man, and has placed him on desk duty.

As more police arrive, Irizarry tells them she still doesn't feel safe as the man continues his tirade.

"Yes I am", Irizarry replied.

"How come you're saying something when he's going up, but when he was coming up to me you didn't do anything?"

Connor explains to Irizarry that he was initially called to the scene for an unrelated incident between a different couple.

'This guy is just walking up to me, he basically got in my face'.