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Illinois cop on desk duty after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

10 July 2018

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) said Tuesday that "a culture of bigotry & hate" that has been condoned in the USA "feels unleashed", citing a video showing a man harassing a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt. In the video, an older, unidentified white man, is seen provoking Irizarry and aggressively asking why she is wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt in America.

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

At one point he asked the woman, "Are you educated?" "The world is not going to change the United States of America. You know that right?"

The flags of Puerto Rico and the United States fly side-by-side, May 8, 2017, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", he said.

A second officer then arrived and confronted the intoxicated man. That officer is now under investigation.

You're "not going to change us", the harasser told the woman - though it wasn't clear exactly whom he meant by "us".

Though the incident is unacceptable and upsetting, it's not entirely surprising that this unnamed man questioned her citizenship.

Police have not released the name of the suspect nor the name of the officer.

Footage of the incident, which took place last month, resurfaced online in recent days and one Facebook post with the clip had almost 2 million views at time of publication.

She said she learned of the incident last night.

The police officer turned and walked back to his police auto without responding, as the irate man followed her out onto the grass. Filing a formal complaint against the officer.

Irizarry recorded the encounter on her phone, saying she felt threatened, and posted the video to Facebook.

The video sparked widespread outrage on July 9. "Today a video surfaced of an undignified event in which a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere".

In a series of tweets about the incident, Rosello said he hoped Preckwinkle would involve herself in the matter and that the initial officer on the scene "be expelled from the police force" for not calming the situation.

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. We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.

On Monday, the Forest Preserve tweeted that it was aware of the June 14 incident at an undisclosed park location and video. After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer. The officer captured on the video has been assigned to desk duty while his inaction is investigated, according to a statement from the department. "The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct".

Illinois cop on desk duty after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt