Footage of the incident, which took place last month, resurfaced online in recent days and one Facebook post with the clip had almost 2 million views at time of publication.
A video that shows an older white man verbally harassing a woman who is wearing a shirt with the flag of Puerto Rico is drawing criticism on social media because a police officer in the video does not intervene, NPR reported.
In the footage, the man can be seen approaching Irizarry saying: "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America". "Are you a United States citizen?"
"Period", the man insisted, ignoring Irizarry's comments that she was only there for a birthday party and was not trying to "change anything". "You should be wearing United States of America flag", he said. When the brother gets in the man's way and stops him from coming back toward Irizarry, the officer then appears to get involved and warns the brother.
Several minutes later, other police officers arrived to arrest Trybus.
"As you can see, the police are not even - he's not even grabbing him". "This guy's just walking up to me, he basically got in my face, damn near nearly touched me".
"Officer, officer, I feel highly uncomfortable", Irizarry pleaded with him.
Eventually, more officers arrived, and the woman was able to file a police report.
"No one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves", Figel said. "At the same time, this video will help inform ongoing officer training so we can all learn from this unfortunate episode".
Speaking to CNN's Erin Burnett on Tuesday, Puerto Rico's governor said he was "appalled and disgusted" by the video.
However, the officer walked away from her, then later spoke to the man, who told the officer to "shut the fuck up". "He failed to deescalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety", Rosselló tweeted.
The agency adds, "The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct".
Roselló criticized the officer's behavior but expressed faith that local authorities would appropriately address the incident, which seems to have taken place in Cook County, Illinois. "The Forest Preserves immediately launched an investigation into the incident", she tweeted.
"This was an attack of an American citizen on another American citizen", he said.
The park location was not identified in the Facebook post, but a Twitter army tracked the location as one of the areas supervised by the Forest Preserves Department of Cook County, which includes Chicago. Those born there are US citizens, although they can not vote in USA presidential elections.