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Illinois Man Calls Woman's Puerto Rican Flag Shirt 'Not American'

Screen image of man yelling at woman for wearing Puerto Rico T-Shirt Screen image of man yelling at woman for wearing Puerto Rico T-Shirt
Lisa Bryan | 14 July, 2018, 07:14

The woman complained that a man at Caldwell Woods was questioning her citizenship and telling her she shouldn't be wearing the shirt.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin removing mega-generators providing backup power at Puerto Rico's power plants as soon as next week, as the plants are deemed stable, leaving the island vulnerable to power disruptions during hurricane season.

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. But Puerto Rico's power authority, PREPA, which is undergoing major changes and is bankrupt, has not agreed to buy the generators so far.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", the man can be heard saying to her on a video she posted on Facebook.

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

He then asks her twice if she is a citizen, which she says she is.

Ironically, the initial officer wound up taking the official report from Irizarry, who pointed out that she asked for his assistance multiple times.

"Officer, I paid for a permit for this area", she also says.

"As you can see, the police, he's not even grabbing him", Irizarry says to her viewers.


The park is now investigating the conduct of the police officer in question, who has been assigned to desk duty till the investigation reaches its conclusion.

"All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves", the post said.

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".

More police arrive and Irizarry says she still doesn't feel safe.

Speaking to CNN's Erin Burnett on Tuesday, Puerto Rico's governor said he was "appalled and disgusted" by the video.

Just a few meters outside the pavilion, an officer stood with his hands tucked in his belt, watching the encounter. She calls for his help - even alerting him that she feels "highly uncomfortable" - but he does nothing. "These people had just been ignored and kind of left on the side, and no one was rushing in to 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".

The officer appears to finally engage and Irizarry can be heard saying, "OK, well how come you're saying something when [my brother's] going up, but when he was coming up to me, you didn't do anything?" Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in U.S. presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections. In response, the officer remains at a distance without intervening.

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

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