Officer off beat after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

Officer off beat after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

A man was arrested for harassing a woman wearing a shirt with a Puerto Rican flag - and a police officer is being investigated for not intervening.

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

While not a state, Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the USA, and Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

Irizarry said the man told her that "you should not be wearing that in the United States of America". "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America".

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. "You should be wearing United States of America flag", he said. "Then you should not be wearing that".

He then asks her twice if she is a citizen, which she says she is. "He basically got in my face, damn near nearly touched me", Irizarry says in the video.

She went on: "We intend to use the video in future training exercises for our officers".

She explains that she has rented the picnic area and has a permit to use the space.

Eventually, more police officers arrived on the scene and she was able to file a report.

In a Tuesday afternoon press conference at the Cook County Building in the Loop, Forest Preserves Deputy General Supt. The unresponsive officer seen in the video was reassigned to desk duty pending his conduct review.

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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.

The June incident, which the governor of Puerto Rico said "appalled, shocked, and disturbed" him, spread shock on social media.

Irizzary then begins to talk to her Facebook Live viewers, saying: 'As you can see the police are not even, he's not even grabbing him'.

The man again approaches Irizarry in a threatening manner while she begs him to stay away.

Irizarry filmed the video about a month ago, but it has gained recent traction and since been watched more than a million times.

During Tuesday's news conference, police officials clarified that the other police officers arrived after Connor called on his radio for assistance. She calls for his help - even alerting him that she feels "highly uncomfortable" - but he does nothing. "People have just as much right to be here as you and when you're drunk, you don't belong here".

‏"After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer", it said, in a series of posts on Twitter. "You know that right?"

"This is not the America we all believe in", he tweeted.

The United States acquired Puerto Rico as a territory in 1899. From 1917, Puerto Rican residents have been US citizens and have the ability to vote in USA presidential primaries, though not in presidential elections.

Puerto Rico was hit by a devastating storm, Hurricane Maria, last September.

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