A Chicago-area woman was attacked by a man who police say was drunk because she was wearing a Puerto Rico flag shirt at the Forest Preserves park in Cook County, Illinois. Video of the incident has gone viral.
In the video, the unidentified man screams at and harasses the woman because of her shirt, asking if she is a citizen and saying she should be wearing an American flag. Puerto Ricans are American citizens whether they are born on the U.S. mainland or in Puerto Rico and have been since 1899, when Puerto Rico was acquired as a territory.
The incident occurred on June 14, but the video went viral several weeks later, on July 9, when it was posted on social media by the news outlet NowThis. You can watch the NowThis video below:
A man harassed a woman wearing a Puerto Rico shirt because she ‘should not be wearing that in the United States of America’ (Puerto Rico is part of the United States of America) pic.twitter.com/4A4DMqeUZq
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 9, 2018
“Are you a citizen? Then you should not be wearing that,” he says in the video. He also said, “You’re not going to change us. The world is not going to change the United States of America. You should not be wearing that in the United States of America.”
The man in the video was later arrested, but the a Forest Preserves police officer can be seen in the footage watching from about 20 feet away as the woman was attacked and not doing anything, leading to outrage. That officer is now under investigation. In the video, the woman can be heard asking the officer, “I do not feel comfortable with him here; is there anything you can do?” She later says in the video, about the officer, “He didn’t do anything.”
Police have not released the name of the suspect nor the name of the officer. The man was charged with disorderly conduct and assault, police said.
Another, longer version of the video, was posted to Facebook Live by the victim, Mia Irizarry. You can watch the full video below:
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. She wrote on Facebook, “the man was charged and left handcuffed in the back of a …read more