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

Mia Irizarry was supposed to be celebrating her 24th birthday at an IL park last month, but a drunk man turned it into an unsettling scene over her Puerto Rico flag shirt.

Video of a man accusing a woman of being un-American over her Puerto Rican flag shirt is going viral as the man fails to realize that Puerto Rico is a US territory.

On Monday, the Forest Preserve tweeted that it was aware of the June 14 incident at an undisclosed park location and video.

In the video, the man can be seen walking up to Irizarry, saying, "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", and asking her, "Are you a citizen?"

"I always say this when it comes to video: The video doesn't look good, but anybody who's a football fan knows that the video doesn't tell the entire story", Tamara Cummings, general counsel for the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, said Wednesday.

"Period", the man insisted, ignoring Irizarry's comments that she was only there for a birthday party and was not trying to "change anything". "If you're an American citizen you should not be wearing that shirt in America", Trybus says.

A man suddenly yells off camera, "Puerto Rico is an American state!"

Then he gets in the woman's face, demanding to know if she's a citizen.

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

The police officer turned and walked back to his police auto without responding, as the irate man followed her out onto the grass.

Irizarry can be heard saying that Puerto Rico is part of the United States and Trybus approaches her multiple times.

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

The officer in the video, whose name has not been released, has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation.

About 10 minutes into the Irizarry's 36-minute video, more police officers arrive.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello reacted to the video on Twitter.

Cook County Board Chairman Toni Preckwinkle said she learned about the incident last night. Another officer instructs Trybus to sit at a different table, while officers talk to a man who appears to be a friend or acquaintance of Trybus. "Please, officer", the woman can be heard saying. The man, later identified by police as Timothy G. Trybus, 62, continued hurling insults at her, asking if she was "uneducated". A female officer tells Trybus, "You don't come here harassing people... when you're drunk you don't belong here".

And, adding a bit of customer relations to help make things right, the county gave Irizarry zoo passes to the Brookfield Zoo, which is owned by the Cook County Forest Preserve District.

"This is America", he says. "(There are thousands of people in Puerto Rico without power that would beg to differ.) "... "It's an issue of no education, it's an issue of civil rights and it's an issue of basic human dignity", he said. "The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity. People need to understand that".

Vanessa Coleman

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