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.
The video was recorded live on June 14, but has recently gone viral and has prompted the reassignment of an officer involved in the incident.
Monday, the Cook County Forest Preserves tweeted that the officer who provided the lax response had been placed on desk duty as the police department investigates.
"How come you're saying something when he's going up, but when he was coming up to me you didn't do anything?"
Irizarry asked a park police officer to intervene multiple times, pointing out that the man was harassing her, and that she paid to rent the area he was intruding on.
"All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County, and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves". "You know that right?"
"Hopefully, this officer will actually do something", Irizarry is heard saying when the second officer arrives. The June incident, which the governor of Puerto Rico said "appalled, shocked, and disturbed" him, spread shock on social media. The video shows a man angrily approaching a woman who is filming him as he yells "You're not gonna change us" while a nearby police officer stands by his auto and looks away as the distressed woman calls out for help. Although Puerto Ricans are USA citizens, they must register in one of the 50 states to vote in presidential elections.
Irizarry is seen filing a formal complaint and says that the initial responding officer did "absolutely zero".
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"Officer, officer, I feel highly uncomfortable", Irizarry pleaded with him.
More officers then arrive at the scene and a female cop sits Trybus down and threatens to charge him.
"As you can see, the police are not even - he's not even grabbing him", Irizarry said.
Stagner and the Forest Preserves are not the only ones upset by the video, as Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello tweeted about the "undignified event", calling the man a bigot and finding fault with the first officer who "did not interfere".
The video has been viewed more than 1.2 million on Irizarry's Facebook page, and more than 7 million times on the NowThisPolitics Facebook page. 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". "Are you a United States citizen?" he demanded as Irizarry moved out of the pavilion to avoid him. We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.
"There's a culture of bigotry & hate that's been condoned in U.S., which now feels unleashed to express itself in the most ugly & aggressive ways", Gutiérrez tweeted.
The unidentified harasser, who park officers say was intoxicated, was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.