Last month, Mia Irizarry was celebrating her birthday at Forest Preserves of Cook County in IL.
Though the video was filmed on June 14, it was shared by NowThis News on Monday.
"Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable".
Puerto Rico is a USA territory and Puerto Ricans are US citizens, dating back to the signing of the Jones-Shafroth Act in 1917. The island is an unincorporated USA territory and has remained under US protection since 1898. "(There are thousands of people in Puerto Rico without power that would beg to differ.) "... "You should not be wearing that", he is heard saying as he repeatedly confronts her.
Preckwinkle said she assured Nevares the officer's actions don't reflect Cook County's values.
She explains that she has rented the picnic area and has a permit to use the space. 'The world is not going to change the United States of America. On video, you can hear her saying, "I am renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing".
"Are you a citizen?" She also instructed the man to move away from her. A 2017 Morning Consult poll of 2,200 United States adults found that 46 percent didn't know that people born in Puerto Rico are citizens.
The most disconcerting part of the video is that while Mia fears for her safety, a police officer stands in the background.
Irizarry responded by saying that Puerto Rico is part of the US, and then asked an officer for help.
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Finally, multiple police cars pull up, responding to a separate incident, and a female officer informs the man he's intoxicated. 'Why are you wearing that?'
In a Tuesday afternoon press conference at the Cook County Building in the Loop, Forest Preserves Deputy General Supt.
The woman in the video can be heard repeatedly asking the man who was harassing her to step back.
"As you can see, the police are not even - he's not even grabbing him".
The officer in the video, whose name has not been released, has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation.
The investigators are expected to interview the officer this week about the incident, adding that the investigation would wrap up soon.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello responded on Twitter, "Today a video surfaced of an undignified event in which a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere". A female officer tells Trybus, "You don't come here harassing people... when you're drunk you don't belong here". From 1917, Puerto Rican residents have been US citizens and have the ability to vote in USA presidential primaries, though not in presidential elections.
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.