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

Frederick Owens
July 12, 2018

Irizarry, who is Puerto Rican, was wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag when an idiotic and racist white man began harassing her, saying, "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America".

In the video, Irizarry replies that she is wearing the shirt "because I can", and tells him that the US owns Puerto Rico.

There are all levels of boorish behavior and stupidity here, starting with the fact that Puerto Ricans are indeed US citizens.

"After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer", Forest Preserves of Cook County tweeted in a series of posts on Twitter.

"If you're an American citizen, you should not be wearing that shirt in America", he says at another point.

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

He'll be asked to clarify why he didn't respond to Mia Irizarry's pleas for help as 62-year-old Timothy Trybus berated her.

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

"You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that".

He then asks her twice if she is a citizen, which she says she is. She then says, "Officer, I'm renting, I paid for a permit for this area".

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

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

Gutiérrez added in subsequent tweets on Tuesday that he doesn't care that Irizarry is Puerto Rican or wearing a Puerto Rican flag t-shirt just because he is Puerto Rican.

When additional officers arrived, the man was eventually arrested 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", the agency 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.

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

Another man, who Irizarry later identified as her brother, is heard defending her, getting up close to Trybus and telling him "back up, don't follow her". Like, this guy's just walking up to me.

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

"In this case, a U.S. citizen questions the citizenship of another U.S. citizen and American law-enforcement just sits back and watches", he said.

Irizarry posted the video on her Facebook account after the June 14 encounter at Caldwell Woods, which is part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. "People need to understand that". From 1917, Puerto Rican residents have been US citizens and have the ability to vote in USA presidential primaries, though not in presidential elections. She said today she spoke with Puerto Rico's governor about the incident.

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