Cop under investigation after ignoring woman's pleas for help from drunk man

Screen image of man yelling at woman for wearing Puerto Rico T-Shirt

Screen image of man yelling at woman for wearing Puerto Rico T-Shirt

Authorities placed an IL park officer on desk duty Monday night after video surfaced of him standing idly by as a man harassed a woman wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag.

It started going off the rails when a man approached her asking her why she was wearing a sleeveless Puerto Rico flag shirt, which also had "Puerto Rico" written below the neckline. Irizarry tries several times to explain to the man that Puerto Rico is actually a part of the United States, but in all of his returns to accost her, he does not appear to listen or understand this. "You're not going to change us, you know that?"

The man continued to criticize her, even as more cops arrived, saying, "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that".

Mia Irizarry, who said she had rented a forest preserve pavilion for a birthday party, posted the 36-minute video to her Facebook page on June 14.

A man suddenly yells off camera, "Puerto Rico is an American state!" As she asks him to get out of her personal space, he continues to berate her. Later, she again pleaded with the officer, "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove.please officer".

The woman asks an officer for help and asks him to restrain Trybus. "In this case, a USA citizen questions the citizenship of another United States citizen and American law-enforcement just sits back and watches".

Gutiérrez added in subsequent tweets on Tuesday that he doesn't care that Irizarry is Puerto Rican or wearing a Puerto Rican flag t-shirt just because he is Puerto Rican.

After the video went viral this week, Cook County Forest Preserves announced on Twitter that authorities had assigned the officer to desk duty and explained that the harasser had been intoxicated during the altercation. Eilieen Figel said the investigation into the officer is "ongoing" but promised "disciplinary actions will be swift" when the probe is completed.

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

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello saw the video and also condemned it.

"The officer should have stepped in, and he should have done something", Pope said of the video.

"Can you please step away from me?"

Irizarry recorded the exchange in a Facebook Live video that has since been viewed more than 1.4 million times and drawn outcry from local leaders, members of Congress and the Puerto Rican governor himself.

The female officer then interviews Irizzary, who tells her that the first officer on the scene stood "watching the whole thing happen". Agency officials released a statement July 9 saying they were aware of the incident and video and "immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer". "People have just as much right to be here as you do, and when you're drunk you don't belong here". "You know that right?"

The United States acquired Puerto Rico as a territory in 1899. "This is not the America we all believe in". The video shows him asking whether or not the woman has USA citizenship.

The Trump administration has received criticism for its treatment of Puerto Rico, particularly for its response after Hurricane Maria struck last September.

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