Mia Irizarry was supposed to be celebrating her 24th birthday at an IL park last month, but a drunk man turned it into an unsettling scene over her Puerto Rico flag shirt.
She responded yes. All those born in Puerto Rico are USA citizens.
A poll past year by Morning Consult found that nearly half of Americans don't know that people born in Puerto Rico are US citizens.
"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", Trybustells her.
'I'm an American citizen.I'm not trying to change anyone, I just came here for a birthday party, ' Irizzary tells him as he gets in her face.
"You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that".
"Are you a United States citizen?" he asked again, prompting Irizarry to say she is.
A then-unidenfied man, pictured, was shown harassing the woman, questioning her citizenship.
Irizarry then explained to the officer that the situation began when she requested that the group move since she had a permit.
"As you can see, the police, he's not even grabbing him", Irizarry says to her viewers.
"A charge for simple assault or disorderly conduct is not sufficient, this incident must be investigated and charged as a hate crime", Garcia said in a statement. As Mia's video went viral, Forest Preserves informed the public that the officer who failed to protect Mia is under investigation and now on desk duty.
The most disconcerting part of the video is that while Mia fears for her safety, a police officer stands in the background. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello responded on Twitter, "Today a video surfaced of an undignified event in which a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere".
"After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer", the organization said in a series of tweets.
The officer appears to ignore Irizarry as the man continues to yell insults at the woman.
Cummings said the public demands from elected officials for Connor to be fired are unfair and could prejudice the investigation against the officer. The Army Corps said the two other generators will remain "until PREPA determines there is sufficient power generation and/or transmission".
"I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", Rossello tweeted. "People have just as much right to be here as you do, and when you're drunk you don't belong here".
Video of the June 14 incident at an undisclosed Cook County Forest Preserve has since gone viral, garnering more than 1 million views on Facebook alone. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in U.S. presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections. "In this case, a U.S. citizen questions the citizenship of another USA citizen and American law-enforcement just sits back and watches".
Rosello also called on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to take the matter "into her hands".