Officer under investigation after viral video shows woman harassed for Puerto Rico shirt

(Photo: Mia Irizarry/Facebook)
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CHICAGO, Ill. (WTHR) – A Cook County Forest Preserve police officer is now under investigation after a viral video showed him ignoring a woman's pleas for help as a man continues to harass her for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt.

It happened last month during a birthday party at an area park, according to Forest Preserves. The woman being harassed in the video, Mia Irizzary, had paid to reserve the space for the party.

Irizzary filmed the scene at the Caldwell Woods Forest Reserve on Facebook as the unidentified man began telling her that she should not be wearing a shirt that says Puerto Rico "in the United States of America".

The video shows the woman asking a nearby Forest Preserves officer for help as the man continues his rant and moves closer and closer to the woman.

The officer is seen standing to the side and does not appear to do anything to stop the man.

"Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable. Can you please grab him?" Irizarry is heard saying in the video.

The man is heard questioning if Irizarry is a citizen of the U.S. and continues to shout at her.

Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and residents on the island are American citizens.

Eventually, the other park guests arrive at the scene and get involved. The officer says something to the man and then several minutes later, other officers arrive and take down Irizarry's information and her account of what happened.


The man seen in viral video was intoxicated at the time and has been charged with assault and disorderly conduct, authorities said.


Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rossello weighed in on what happened Monday, tweeting that he was "appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer’s behavior," and demanding that he be fired from the force.


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