Illinois cop off beat after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

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In addition, officials from the Forest Preserves of Cook County, which runs several wooded areas that surround Chicago, are looking into the behavior of a police officer who observed the incident and appeared to do little or nothing to stop it.

A poll previous year by Morning Consult found that nearly half of Americans don't know that people born in Puerto Rico are USA citizens.

A female police officer also intervened at the scene and asked to see the harassing officer's ID in the video, and telling him that he's drunk and not to harass people who come here as the "people have just as much right to be here as you". "If you're an American citizen, you should not be wearing that shirt in America".

'The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity, ' Rosello continued in a separate tweet.

Irizarry told the officers Trybus "approached her and made rude comments" while she was setting up for a picnic, and then Trybus "got in her face while pointing a finger at her", according to the police report. She tells Connor she feels "highly uncomfortable", but in the video, he appears to turn and walk in the other direction. Mia once again asks him to leave, explaining she has rented the area for her party.

"'Is she an American citizen?" he then asks the officer.

Facebook A woman was attacked by this man at a park near Chicago because she was wearing a Puerto Rico flag shirt.

A Cook County Commissioner is calling for a hate crime charge against a man accused of berating a woman in a Puerto Rico shirt at a Cook County Forest Preserve, while a disciplinary hearing has been scheduled for the cop that stood by while it happened. The agency tweeted Monday that an investigation of the officer is ongoing.

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The governor of Puerto Rico has condemned the incident in which a man harassed a woman for wearing a T-shirt with the Puerto Rican flag. Even police officers have a right to a fair process.

A Forest Preserve District spokeswoman released a statement: "Effective today, Officer Patrick Connor no longer serves in the police department of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", he said.

A 62-year-old man appears to be in need of geography lessons after he allegedly accosted a woman for wearing a T-shirt with an image of the Puerto Rican flag in an IL park. "These people had just been ignored and kind of left on the side, and no one was rushing in to help".

"The officer should have stepped in and he should have done something", Pope said.

Trybus is scheduled for his first court appearance August 1, the Cook County Circuit Court said. From 1917, Puerto Rican residents have been US citizens and have the ability to vote in USA presidential primaries, though not in presidential elections.

"I am very sorry for the experience the young woman had to (endure) and I'm further troubled by the lack of response and action by the initial officer on the scene".

"This is America", he says.

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