Woman Harassed For Puerto Shirt While Cop Looks On

Clay Curtis
July 11, 2018

Mia Irizarry rented a pavilion at Cook County Forest Preserves in IL for an afternoon picnic on June 14.

It was this Puerto Rican flag shirt, she later told police, that triggered a man to repeatedly harass her, getting up close and snarling "you should not be wearing that in the United States of America".

"I am very sorry for the experience the young woman had to (endure) and I'm further troubled by the lack of response and action by the initial officer on the scene". "You're not going to change us, you know that?"

"The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity".

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. On video, you can hear her saying, "I am renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing". "Then you should not be wearing that", he said. The officer even walked away from her as the harasser asked him: "Why is she wearing that shit?"

Several minutes later, other police officers arrived to arrest Trybus.

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'. Like this guy is just walking up to me.

The officer continued to abuse Irizzary in the video, despite the woman making it clear that she was feeling uncomfortable and violated.

Eventually, a witness calls authorities, more officers arrive and the man is questioned.

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The agency adds, "The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct".

The Forest Preserves wrote on Twitter on Monday that the investigation of the officer is "ongoing" and that he'd been assigned to desk duty "pending the outcome".

The video, posted on Facebook, has been viewed more than 1.2 million times.

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

"If you're drunk, you don't belong here", she is heard telling the man.

"Whether they are racists at a park, Cook County employees who do nothing, or Presidents who toss paper towels at people and denigrate Latinos w/ every Tweet, this is not the America we want to become & standing up to hate & bigotry must start at home". "This is not the America we all believe in".

Connor has been disciplined in the past for working a part-time job, and not carrying proper identification, according to Pope, who said his department opened an investigation into Connor's response the day of the incident, and that Connor was placed on desk duty June 24.

The June incident, which the governor of Puerto Rico said "appalled, shocked, and disturbed" him, spread shock on social media. "I was denied entry into the Capitol complex by U.S. Capitol Police despite being a Congressman with identification, because my daughter was carrying a Puerto Rican flag and the officer doubted that I could possibly be a Member of Congress".

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