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

WATCH: Man Attacks Woman for Puerto Rico Flag Shirt [FULL VIDEO] Moron Harangues Woman In Park For Wearing Puerto Rico Shirt In America
Deanna Wagner | 11 July, 2018, 19:09

After a few minutes of asking the man to leave her alone, the video shows the woman asking a Cook County Forest Preserves officer for help.

An investigation is underway after a woman who was harassed at an IL park for wearing a shirt featuring the Puerto Rico flag said a police officer ignored her requests for help.

Eventually the first officer on the scene takes notes of Irizarry's account of the incident and says that he was at the scene due to the separate incident, noting that she was not being attacked though acknowledging she felt threatened.

'You're not going to change us, you know that, ' Trybus tells her in the clip.

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

Irizarry asked a park police officer to intervene multiple times, pointing out that the man was harassing her, and that she paid to rent the area he was intruding on. "You know that", the man says in the video.

The man continued to criticize her, even as more cops arrived, saying, "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that". Irizarry insisted as she backed away from him, which only made the man more irate. The officer is seen turning the other way. "Can you please grab him?" to which he turns his head and walks in the opposite direction.

'This guy is just walking up to me, he basically got in my face'.

"Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable".

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The Forest Preserves, which Yahoo Lifestyle could not reach for comment, tweeted that the officer had been reassigned to desk duty until an investigation is complete, and that the intoxicated man had been arrested for disorderly conduct and assault.

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.

Another, longer version of the video, was posted to Facebook Live by the victim, Mia Irizarry. After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer.

"If you're drunk, you don't belong here", she is heard telling the man. "This is not the America we all believe in", Rosello tweeted.

"All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves".

"I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", Rossello posted in a tweet.

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. Puerto Rico is a us commonwealth.

Stagner confirmed that the man who was shown harassing Irizarry was charged by the preserve's police department. While citizens of the island cannot vote in United States presidential elections, those born there are still USA citizens.

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".