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Officer off beat after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

11 July 2018

A woman in IL was reportedly harassed for wearing a T-shirt with a Puerto Rican flag.

A Chicago police officer is being investigated after video showed him ignoring a woman's pleas for help while a man berated her for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt.

Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, posted a string of tweets Monday night calling the video "an undignified event in which a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere".

"I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", Rossello tweeted.

The governor demanded that the officer be expelled from the police force.

'He failed to deescalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety'.

The first officer on the scene did not appear to intervene and has since been placed on desk duty. CBS correspondent David Begnaud reports the officer is Patrick Conner.

"The officer should have stepped in and he should have done something", Pope said.

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The incident occurred on June 14, but the video went viral several weeks later, on July 9, when it was posted on social media by the news outlet NowThis.

"All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County, and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves". "You know that", the man says in the video. She also instructed the man to move away from her.

Mia Irizarry was just trying to celebrate her 24th birthday at the park on June 14. He gets closer to her and asks "Are you a citizen?" 'The world is not going to change the United States of America.

The officer continued to abuse Irizzary in the video she recorded, despite the woman making it clear that she was feeling uncomfortable and violated. "He basically got in my face, damn near nearly touched me", Irizarry says in the video.

Irizzary then begins to talk to her Facebook Live viewers, saying: 'As you can see the police are not even, he's not even grabbing him'. 'I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he did not do anything'. "Is there anything you can do?"

A law enforcement officer whose uniform has the last name "Connor" stands on the other side of the picnic area.

"Hopefully, this officer will actually do something", Irizarry is heard saying when the second officer arrives. "I'm troubled by the response of the initial officer at the scene". "Are you a citizen", the man says.

"You never know, you're right", Connor says.

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"And I will not accept anything else but this officer's termination", Arroyo said.

The video also drawn sharp criticism from 4th District Rep. Luis Gutierrez.

"We've seen the video and it is very disturbing", Figel said.

Puerto Rico was hit by a devastating storm, Hurricane Maria, last September.

Stagner confirmed that the man who was shown harassing Irizarry was charged by the preserve's police department.

"I understand this incident on a gut level because nearly exactly the same thing happened to me when I was a freshman in Congress", Gutiérrez wrote in the letter. While citizens of the island cannot vote in United States presidential elections, those born there are still USA citizens. "It's an issue of no education, it's an issue of civil rights and it's an issue of basic human dignity", he said.

Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth, with its residents being considered USA citizens since 1917. "People need to understand that".

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Officer off beat after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt