Man Harasses Woman For Wearing A Puerto Rico T-Shirt, Saying It's "Un-American"

Submitted by: fancylad 2 months ago in News & Politics
An excerpt from CNN: An Illinois park is investigating after a woman accused one of its police officers of standing by as a man harassed her for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag, saying it was un-American.

Mia Irizarry says she was trying to celebrate her 24th birthday in the Forest Preserves of Cook County last month when the man approached her asking her why she was wearing the sleeveless Puerto Rico flag shirt, which also had "Puerto Rico" written below the V neckline.
Irizarry recorded the encounter on her phone, saying she felt threatened, and posted the video to Facebook.

On Monday, Forest Preserves of Cook County tweeted that it was aware of the June 14 incident and video.

"After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer," it said, in a series of posts on Twitter."The investigation is ongoing and the officer involved has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome. The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct."All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves." 
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Male 5,880
i love her pic of her and her two cats on the post image very cute
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Male 493
What a dick...............:)
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Male 17,620
American unity isn't fundamental. The nation is far more tribal and elitist than any time since the civil war. If you want to move forward, you need to nurture it, sell it, even brainwash people into compliance. 
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Male 174
Draculya its a hard fact to swallow, but you are right. Brainwashing works.. Greed is good.. Is it not a scary thought that many won't commit to the military too defend freedom?.. I still want to join the military and taking steps to get there is hard for me, but i want too defend it.. So why do we have to brainwash? Why not get along without being prejudice? 

everyone is racists and they have the right as a human being to think so, but moving forward could mean keeping your mouth shut or like most mother's say, 'if you don't have nothing nice too say, don't say it at all.'
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Male 1,018
The guy comes across as being a bafoon obsessed with jingoism, I imagine he has an unhealthy loyalty to the flag too.
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Male 2,370
mrteatime Going out on a limb here. I have a suspicion that he's a trump supporter.
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Male 213
Was it really this slow a news day.  Some rando dipshit does an ignorant dumb thing and it's "news" really??  And this is the orange ones fault how?  I guarantee I think the orange one is as big an idiot and asshole as anyone out there, but I draw the line at finding him a fault for others stupidity.  This guy got here on his own.  He's been this ignorant all his life.  I'm just confused as hell how it's news.  And if this is what you can fault trump for your not looking at the shit that matters.  Why aren't people SCREAMING about the gutting of the epa?  Fuck the Republicans aren't the only fucking retards here.    


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Male 943
geobas1 It's easy to understand why you're confused because you have a different perspective... on a macro level the biggest threat to all of us is the environment. If someone near you is being openly hostile about your dogs, I'm sure we'd all understand if your attention was more focused on the immediate threat rather than the EPA for just a moment.

It's newsworthy because there's a significant amount of the population that thinks people 'play the race card' and that it's not such a big deal or it's just one rando, but to a a lot of people it's either validation to experiences they've also shared or eye opening to people that being a victim of racism is real isn't a fun play time experience that people seek out it's unsolicited, so not just a slow news cycle for some, just a news story.

As for Trump he riles these people up, he tells them illegal foreigners are ruining everything from economy to crime, or that the flag is under attack and that somehow disrespects the military. Again your perspective will tell you something well she's Puerto Rican so not an illegal immigrant and the flag technically represents the US, your perspective may also mislead you into thinking an ignorant racist/xenophobe has nuance in his racism.
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Male 2,370
geobas1 the orange one isn't to blame for the fucking useless nutbags out there but he certainly has emboldened them all. You can't deny that.
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Male 899
geobas1 The problem is scale.  It is easy to understand one person being an asshole to another.  It is easy to get pissed off about.  Breaking the EPA is hidden in forms, memos, and statistics.   So if you want people pissed about the EPA, you need to give them a story about how it effects one person.
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Male 2,370
muert most people, particularly die hard trump supporters need for things to affect...effect...them directly. Otherwise trump is doing an awesome job in their eyes.
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Male 7,275
From the time Trump   took over as President I have noted a severe decrease in the human intelligence of the North American population 
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Male 6,695
This is America.
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Male 5,364
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Male 1,124
Emboldened morons. The trump legacy. 
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bearbear01 ya because Prejudice and racism didn't exist before Donald Trump made it so. Praise Donald Trump the god of hatred.  
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Male 174
dm2754 sarcasm right? Obama definitely brought out black racism/reverse racism
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Male 7,275
dm2754 Correct
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Male 140
Grow the fuck up... Make a stand and be willing to defend it.  
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Male 1,347
just2talk "Grow the fuck up... Make a stand and be willing to defend it."

That's what I told this kid, but he ran away. Kids!

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Male 2,370
semichisam01 Ya got a permit for that?
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Male 2,443
oobaka Do your cookies have real Girl Scouts in them?
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Male 5,364
semichisam01 Let me guess...someone called the cops on you for selling lemonade without a license :)
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Male 1,347
kalron I ask you, if you made that stand, would you defend it?
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Male 5,364
MAGA
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Male 44,361
Puerto Rico is smart not to become a state. They get all the benefit of the Federal aid but they don't have to pay any income tax.  Okay, so they can't vote in a presidential election... I think the last few elections have shown us that that's not a big deal anymore.
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Male 1,592
Gerry1of1 Unless, of course, you like electricity
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Male 7,275
punko. And clean water
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punko 
Yup - just like New Orleans after Katrina.  FEMA doesn't discriminate.
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Male 2,591
ted_weesner   The problems in New Orleans and Puerto Rico after the storms is more about that place than any other reason. 
  Both got government moneys to prepare and build infrastructure, and both wasted the money or out right stole it. Having lived in the New Orleans area years ago, I know that systems for fighting the flooding were not installed or improperly done. 
     I can remember seeing the huge pumps that were given to the state to be installed in low lying areas for flooding just sitting in fields rusting away. And the canal systems that were to be built not getting built. So make sure you know what your talking about.
   After N.O. flooded it was to take months to pump out all the water it was done in weeks, thanks to FEMA, and remember that the levees that breached were built by the local government, with funds form the feds.
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Gerry1of1 ya...smart....till the hurricane hit 
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