Video of Man Harassing Woman Over Puerto Rico Shirt Sparks Probe

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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. The man repeatedly told the woman "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America" and questioned her USA citizenship.

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

"Officer, can you - I'm renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing", Irizarry says in the video.

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

'The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity, ' Rosello continued in a separate tweet.

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In the video, Trybus, 62, demands to know why the woman is wearing a shirt displaying the Puerto Rican flag. Later, she again pleaded with the officer, "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove.please officer".

The man continues to yell as the Irizarry repeatedly asks the officer to intervene.

Preckwinkle said she assured Nevares the officer's actions don't reflect Cook County's values.

"I don't think it's appropriate to make that call that he should be fired until the investigation is done", she said.

The man was placed under arrest and charged with assault and disorderly conduct. "All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County, and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves".

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The officer in the video, whose name has not been released, has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation.

The female officer then interviews Irizzary, who tells her that the first officer on the scene stood "watching the whole thing happen".

"As you can see, the police are not even - he's not even grabbing him", Irizarry said. The officer was identified as Patrick Connor, a 10-year-veteran of the force who had previously been disciplined for working a part-time job and not carrying proper credentials, Forest Preserve District Police Chief Kelvin Pope said in a Tuesday news conference. "He's very distraught and not happy about having to leave employment much sooner than he intended, but because of the strong reaction from the public and political figures, he thought it would be unrealistic to stay as an officer". I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior. Now, an investigation has been opened into the incident, where the man-who was visibly drunk-verbally berated the woman and called her shirt un-American.

The female officer asked to see the man's ID and can be heard telling him that he's intoxicated to which he replies "well that's your judgment". "These people had just been ignored and kind of left on the side, and no one was rushing in to help".

Caldwell Woods is part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. From 1917, Puerto Rican residents have been US citizens and have the ability to vote in USA presidential primaries, though not in presidential elections.

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

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