In the video, Mia Irizarry can be heard telling a nearby Forest Preserve District Police officer that she has a permit for a park pavilion and that the man screaming at her about her Puerto Rico shirt was making her uncomfortable.
'That officer did absolutely nothing he did absolutely zero, ' she says in the clip.
You're "not going to change us", the harasser told the woman - though it wasn't clear exactly whom he meant by "us". "If you're an American citizen, you should not be wearing that shirt in America".
"You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that".
Wearing a Puerto Rican T-shirt at a birthday party is apparently some sort of crime against the United States of America. Irizarry insisted as she backed away from him, which only made the man more irate.
More officers then arrive at the scene and a female cop sits Trybus down and threatens to charge him.
"Can you please step away from me?" "Now that I see what's going on, at no time was he going to attack you, he's just a big mouth", Connor says.
"Officer, can you - I'm renting this area and he's harassing me about the shirt that I'm wearing", Irizarry says in the video.
Now, an investigation has been opened into the incident, where the man-who was visibly drunk-verbally berated the woman and called her shirt un-American.
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The park is now investigating the conduct of the police officer in question, who has been assigned to desk duty till the investigation reaches its conclusion.
She plans to interview all officers at the scene as well as Irizarry and said the video will be used in future training exercises by the Forest Preserves. "At the same time, this video will help inform ongoing officer training so we can all learn from this unfortunate episode". "I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", he said.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello was on CNN's Erin Burnett "OutFront" on Tuesday night discussing the incident. "He failed to deescalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety".
"We will be looking into this incident as our offices in DC are in contact with local and state authorities, demanding that this officer be expelled from the police force", Rossello said. "Please, officer", she says.
"This is not the America we all believe in", he tweeted.
Irizarry posted the video on her Facebook account after the June 14 encounter at Caldwell Woods, which is part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County.
A poll past year by Morning Consult found that nearly half of Americans don't know that people born in Puerto Rico are USA citizens. She said today she spoke with Puerto Rico's governor about the incident. He added, "The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity". The bigot is so deeply ignorant that he didn't know Puerto Ricans are American citizens. "People need to understand that".