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Illinois police officer off beat after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

14 July 2018

The officer initially appears to ignore the pleas.

He asks her whether she is an American citizen, even though Puerto Rico is a USA territory and its residents are US citizens. It also had "Puerto Rico" written below the neckline.

"All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves", the department tweeted. "You know that right?" "He was looking forward to an opportunity to explain what was happening".

"We take such incidents seriously, and if the investigation confirms the officer did not take appropriate steps to ensure public safety, disciplinary action will follow". Agency officials released a statement July 9 saying they were aware of the incident and video and "immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer". It's very concerning, because it suggests the investigation won't be fair and the outcome has already been predetermined.

The Forest Preserves added on Wednesday night that it was "further addressing aspects of this incident".

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The video shows other officers arriving after a bystander called the police, and the man was eventually arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct. The report alleges he was intoxicated.

Cook County Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" García had called for such charges against Trybus a day earlier. "We can not allow that ugly rhetoric to be the norm in Cook County".

CNN has attempted to reach Trybus for comment.

"The officer should have stepped in and he should have done something", Pope said. While the group complied, the drunk man approached her. "If you're an American citizen you should not be wearing that shirt in America", Trybus says. He asks her if she is an American citizen, to which she responds that she is. You're not going to change the United States of America. The man repeatedly told the woman "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America" and questioned her US citizenship.

"Officer, I paid for a permit for this area", she also says.

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"As you can see, the police are not even - he's not even grabbing him", Irizarry said.

The man in the video was later arrested, but the a Forest Preserves police officer can be seen in the footage watching from about 20 feet away as the woman was attacked and not doing anything, leading to outrage.

More police arrive and Irizarry says she still doesn't feel safe. "You should be wearing United States of America flag", he said. "You know that right?"

She explains that she has rented the picnic area and has a permit to use the space.

"How come you're saying something when he's going up, but when he was coming up to me you didn't do anything?" When she says yes, he doesn't believe her. "My point is, why are you wearing that?" he said.

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A man suddenly yells off camera, "Puerto Rico is an American state!" Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in USA presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections.

Illinois police officer off beat after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt