Officer investigated for failing to help woman being harassed about citizenship

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A 62-year-old man appears to be in need of geography lessons after he allegedly accosted a woman for wearing a T-shirt with an image of the Puerto Rican flag in an IL park.

Irizarry was also attacked by other people on Facebook after posting the video, according to screenshots she posted.

You're "not going to change us", the harasser told the woman - though it wasn't clear exactly whom he meant by "us".

"The world is not gonna change the United States of America".

Irizarry said on Facebook that she had rented out a pavilion at the forest preserve for a birthday party when she and her family and friends were accosted by the unidentified man. "My point is, why are you wearing that?" he says, pointing at her.

The man proceeds to ask Irizarry whether she is a United States citizen and Irizarry replies that she is.

Irizarry responded by saying that Puerto Rico is part of the US, and then asked an officer for help.

More officers then arrive at the scene and a female cop sits Trybus down and threatens to charge him.

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'.

Later she says: "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove ... please officer" as the officer is seen walking away from her.

Eventually, more officers arrived, and the woman was able to file a police report.

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The Forest Preserves of Cook County said Saturday that it "immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer".

The officer has since been reassigned to administrative duty, pending the outcome of an investigation.

Mia Irizarry rented a pavilion at Cook County Forest Preserves in IL for an afternoon picnic on June 14. "At the same time, this video will help inform ongoing officer training so we can all learn from this unfortunate episode".

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello was on CNN's Erin Burnett "OutFront" on Tuesday night discussing the incident. "He failed to de-escalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety".

"'Is she an American citizen?" he then asks the officer. "The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct".

"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.

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

"This is America", he says.

"We have worked very hard since 2010 to make the Forest Preserves of Cook County a welcoming and safe place for all", she tweeted. Those born there are US citizens, although they can not vote in USA presidential elections. She said today she spoke with Puerto Rico's governor about the incident.

"Puerto Ricans have been part of the United States", Rosello reminded viewers.

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

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