Woman harassed for wearing Puerto Rico shirt ‘in America’ as officer stands by watching

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Woman harassed for wearing Puerto Rico shirt ‘in America’ as officer stands by watching

Mia Irizarry purchased a permit to rent a picnic area in Caldwell Woods, a sprawling forested area on Chicago’s Far Northwest Side. She arrived wearing a shirt that displayed the Puerto Rican flag. that triggered a man to repeatedly harass her, getting up close and snarling, “You should not be wearing that in the United States of America.” (Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and its residents are U.S. citizens.)All the while, officer Patrick Connor stood watching, ignoring Irizarry as she pleaded with him to intervene.  The Forest Preserve District of Cook County Police eventually charged the man with assault and disorderly conduct, after the officer “literally was just standing there watching the whole thing happen like nothing.”

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Washington Post
Jul 13th, 2018

Officer Patrick Connor’s resignation is effective immediately, and as of July 11 he “no longer serves in the police department,” a district spokeswoman said in a written statement.

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