Woman attacked for wearing Puerto Rican shirt speaks out

A Chicago man is accused of harassing a woman wearing a shirt of the Puerto Rican flag in a Cook County Forest Preserve after a viral video showed the confrontation. A forest preserve police officer is seen only in the background of a video above of

But soon an intoxicated man harassed and berated her about the Puerto Rican flag shirt she was wearing.

Trybus had also already been charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct. 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". "Are you a United States citizen?" he screamed, referring to the shirt as "un-American". From behind the camera Irizarry can be heard begging him to stop.

"I can honestly say that I feared for my safety", said Irizarry, who was at the site celebrating her 24th birthday. "This should have happened sooner, but sometimes it takes an incident like this to go viral and for the public to chime in to really make us appreciate the consequences of our actions", he said.

Mia Irizarry was only trying to celebrate her 24th birthday at an IL park.

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The officer "needs to be reprimanded because my life was put at risk", Irizarry said. "We intend to use the video in future training exercises for our officers".

The harasser didn't seem to realize that Puerto Rico is, in fact, part of the United States America.

Later she says: "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove ... please officer" as the officer is seen walking away from her.

"All of the lying, hostility and racism is taking a toll on our country".

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A parks officer has resigned after being criticized for not intervening during the June 14 incident. which was caught on video at a northwestern Chicago park.

In a statement Thursday, Forest Preserve Supt. Efforts to reach Conner for comment were not immediately successful. "Further, his personnel file will reflect that this officer did not resign in good standing, with a note indicating he left the district with discipline pending".

On Wednesday, Patrick Connor, a Forest Preserves of Cook County police officer who was being investigated for allegedly failing to act during the harassment resigned on Wednesday, and the county board commissioner on Thursday apologized and called the incident "truly appalling, gut wrenching, and a real wake-up call to everyone". "Our officers made the arrest today and we will continue to support the prosecution of this matter".

Irizarry was given a refund on the money she had paid for a permit to host an event at the park.

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