Cop under investigation after ignoring woman's pleas for help from drunk man


Last month, Mia Irizarry was celebrating her birthday at Forest Preserves of Cook County in IL.

Authorities placed an IL park officer on desk duty Monday night after video surfaced of him standing idly by as a man harassed a woman wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag.

Irizarry then explained to the officer that the situation began when she requested that the group move since she had a permit.

"Why are you wearing that?" the man points to Irizarry in Facebook Live footage she captured, while repeatedly demanding to know her citizenship status. "Are you a United States citizen?"

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", he said. He added, "The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity". Irizarry insisted as she backed away from him, which only made the man more irate.

Irizarry is seen filing a formal complaint and says that the initial responding officer did "absolutely zero". I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do? Like this guy is just walking up to me. Irizarry is standing in a picnic area, which she tells the officer she has a permit for to attend a birthday party.

The Forest Preserves, which Yahoo Lifestyle could not reach for comment, tweeted that the officer had been reassigned to desk duty until an investigation is complete, and that the intoxicated man had been arrested for disorderly conduct and assault.

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The park location was not identified in the Facebook post, but a Twitter army tracked the location as one of the areas supervised by the Forest Preserves Department of Cook County, which includes Chicago.

Irizarry originally posted a video of the harassment to Facebook, which has since been taken down. She tells the officer she is "highly uncomfortable", however, the officer appears to turn away and walk in the other direction.

"After the June 14 incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer. People have just as much right to be here as you and when you're drunk, you don't belong here". "This is not the America we all believe in", Rosello tweeted. I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior.

"All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves".

He was referring, of course, to President Trump's visit to a hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico in October, in which he tossed rolls of towels into the crowd as if they were basketballs.

While not a state, Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the USA, and Puerto Ricans are American citizens. "I was denied entry into the Capitol complex by U.S. Capitol Police despite being a Congressman with identification, because my daughter was carrying a Puerto Rican flag and the officer doubted that I could possibly be a Member of Congress".

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello tweeted several times Monday night about the video, calling the incident "undignified".