Man harasses woman over Puerto Rico shirt, says it’s ‘un-American’

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

Puerto Rico is a USA territory and Puerto Ricans are US citizens, dating back to the signing of the Jones-Shafroth Act in 1917. "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America".

The governor of Puerto Rico has condemned the incident in which a man harassed a woman for wearing a T-shirt with the Puerto Rican flag.

The officer can then be seen talking to the man who gesticulates back and tells him to "shut the f*** up". "You know that right?" says the man, who appears to be intoxicated.

"Are you educated?" he asked gruffly.

The woman remained calm and polite throughout the confrontation, calling the man "sir".

The Forest Preserves of Cook County released a statement on Twitter, saying the officer who refused to help Irizarry has been placed on desk duty pending the results of an investigation into his actions that day.

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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".

Apparently, another bystander eventually called police and more officers arrived to deal with the man.

On Monday, Forest Preserves of Cook County tweeted that it was aware of the June 14 incident and video.

When the policeman didn't respond, Irizarry says, "Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable".

The video, posted on Facebook, has been viewed more than 1.2 million times. "You should be wearing United States of America flag", he said. "This guy's just walking up to me, he basically got in my face, damn near nearly touched me".

Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rossello said while talking to CNN said that he was "shocked, appalled and disgusted" when he watched the video, and labelled the encounter an attack by one American on another.

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The officer appears to ignore Irizarry as the man continues to yell insults at the woman. "Please, officer", she says.

The agency adds, "The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct".

She explains that she has rented the picnic area and has a permit to use the space. "People have just as much right to be here as you and when you're drunk, you don't belong here". "He failed to deescalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety". She also instructed the man to move away from her.

"This is not the America we all believe in", he tweeted.

"We will be looking into this incident as our offices in DC are in contact with local and state authorities, demanding that this officer be expelled from the police force", Rossello said.

He was referring, of course, to President Trump's visit to a hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico in October, in which he tossed rolls of towels into the crowd as if they were basketballs. "I was denied entry into the Capitol complex by U.S. Capitol Police despite being a Congressman with identification, because my daughter was carrying a Puerto Rican flag and the officer doubted that I could possibly be a Member of Congress".

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