Mia Irizarry was supposed to be celebrating her 24th birthday at an IL park last month, but a drunk man turned it into an unsettling scene over her Puerto Rico flag shirt. Video of the incident has gone viral.
The man, who has been charged with assault and disorderly conduct, can be seen approaching Irizarry and asking her about her shirt - which depicted a Puerto Rican flag - and her citizenship status. In an agitated tone the man says, "We don't own Puerto Rico". Irizarry recorded the exchange in a Facebook Live video that has since been viewed more than 1.4 million times and drawn outcry from local leaders, members of Congress and the Puerto Rican governor himself. Are you a citizen?'
'If she's an American citizen, why is she wearing that s**t?' Trybus shouts.
'You're not going to change us, you know that, ' Trybus tells her in the clip.
"The world is not gonna change the United States of America".
The flags of Puerto Rico and the United States fly side-by-side, May 8, 2017, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The video shows a man angrily approaching a woman who is filming him as he yells "You're not gonna change us" while a nearby police officer stands by his vehicle and looks away as the distressed woman calls out for help.
"We take such incidents seriously, and if the investigation confirms the officer did not take appropriate steps to ensure public safety, disciplinary action will follow".
"Officer, I'm renting - I paid for a permit for this area, I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do?" she said. She later says in the video, about the officer, "He didn't do anything".
Just a few meters outside the pavilion, an officer stood with his hands tucked in his belt, watching the encounter.
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Stagner confirmed that the man who was shown harassing Irizarry was charged by the preserve's police department.
Irizarry is seen filing a formal complaint and says that the initial responding officer did "absolutely zero". "Still had friends come over and had a decent time".
The video sparked widespread outrage on July 9.
"I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", Rossello tweeted.
Cook County Board Chairman Toni Preckwinkle apologized to the woman via Twitter. He added, "The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity".
'We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.
"This is not the America we all believe in", he tweeted.
The June 14 video, which runs 36 minutes long, shows an irate man approaching Mia Irizarry as she waited for her family at a picnic area in the Forest Preserves of Cook County to celebrate her 24th birthday.
"After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer", it said. As Mia's video went viral, Forest Preserves informed the public that the officer who failed to protect Mia is under investigation and now on desk duty.