Park officer off beat after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

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

Video emerged this week of the incident on the Northwest Side in which a man threatens, and curses at a woman for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag at a pavilion she had reserved for a birthday party. 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.

On Monday, the Forest Preserve tweeted that it was aware of the June 14 incident, and the officer in the video has since been put on desk duty. "You know that right?" says the man, who appears to be intoxicated.

"The world is not gonna change the United States of America".

A woman setting up a birthday picnic at an IL park was repeatedly harassed by an angry stranger for wearing a T-shirt saying "Puerto Rico" in America.

'Are you educated?' Trybus asks her in the clip.

Later she says: "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove ... please officer" as the officer is seen walking away from her.

She asks him to leave her alone and asks for an officer's help who is nearby but he does not intervene. She later says in the video, about the officer, "He didn't do anything". "Why is she wearing that s-?" Eventually, more officers arrive and arrest the man, who was charged with assault and disorderly conduct. He'll also be required by law to answer questions posed to him by a commanding officer, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin said Wednesday.

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".

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Irizarry gives a statement to the police officer, Connor, who had stood by earlier. Even police officers have a right to a fair process.

"After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer", the organization said in a series of tweets.

And, adding a bit of customer relations to help make things right, the county gave Irizarry zoo passes to the Brookfield Zoo, which is owned by the Cook County Forest Preserve District.

"If the investigation confirms the officer did not take appropriate steps to ensure public safety, disciplinary action will be swift", Stagner said via email. "Now that I see what's going on, at no time was he going to attack you, he's just a big mouth", Connor says.

But the officer continues to do nothing or even move closer to Irizzary as the man continues to approach her.

He said his agency would re-examine the diversity training for its officers and other employees. Although Puerto Ricans are USA citizens, they must register in one of the 50 states to vote in presidential elections. "In this case, a USA citizen questions the citizenship of another United States citizen and American law-enforcement just sits back and watches".

Rossello also tweeted Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, saying he believed she would handle the situation with justice.

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