A U.S. police officer has quit amid an inquiry into his response to a woman who was racially harassed while wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt.
During the encounter, a Cook County Forest Preserve District police officer can be seen standing by and doing nothing as Irizarry asks for help.
The woman was at Caldwell Woods Forest Preserve preparing for a birthday party when the 62-year-old Trybus approached and said she shouldn't be wearing the shirt in America, menacingly and ignorantly asking: "Are you a citizen?" Because of the Puerto Rican flag shirt Irizarry is wearing, the man in the video asks if she is a USA citizen and says "you're not going to change us, you know that?" and "the world is not going to change the United States of America".
"You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that". "He repeatedly let this man approach this young lady, and yet when her brother tried to intervene, he told him to step back", Arroyo told the Sun-Times. She said she was thankful officials recognized the behavior of the officer was wrong. The officer involved in the incident resigned from his position Wednesday night.
Randall, the forest preserves superintendent, said his agency has apologized to Irizarry and refunded the money she had paid for a permit to gather at a picnic table area on the day of the incident.
'The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity, ' Rosello continued in a separate tweet.
"The craziest thing is there's all these cops here and I still don't feel safe", she later adds. The woman, Mia Irizarry, is heard appealing to the officer to help restrain the man, but the officer doesn't appear to engage until almost 10 minutes later, when other officers arrive.
On Twitter, he said: "We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background".
But the officer continues to do nothing or even move closer to Irizzary as the man continues to approach her.
Officer Patrick Conner was initially placed on leave pending an investigation. "I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he didn't do anything".
"OK, OK", Ms Irizarry says, trying to placate him. "I really do believe there are people who say to themselves, 'If Trump can do it, I can do it".
And sadly, the same fear and "otherness" is extended to other people, the handicapped, gay and lesbian and transgender Americans, immigrants, Muslims, people of color the list just goes on. Officers later said he appeared intoxicated.
The female officer then speaks with Irizarry who gives her version of the incident and the officer explains that they were called to the area after a report that a man was choking a woman.
Irizzary was wearing a shirt made to look like the Puerto Rico flag, with the words "Puerto Rico" written on the top.
The island of Puerto Rico is a United States territory. The island is a USA commonwealth, and Puerto Ricans are American citizens.