Puerto Rico is a USA territory and Puerto Ricans are US citizens, dating back to the signing of the Jones-Shafroth Act in 1917.
In the video, the man can be seen walking up to Irizarry, saying, "You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", and asking her, "Are you a citizen?" But soon a gringo began to harass her because of her shirt, so Mia began to film the confrontation.
Criticism is building against a Cook County Forest preserve police officer who was placed on desk duty after a video showed him doing nothing while a man harassed a woman for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag. Irizarry insisted as she backed away from him, which only made the man more irate. "You know that right?" says the man, who appears to be intoxicated.
After the two quibbled about the USA government's relationship with Puerto Rico, Irizarry asked the man what the point of his agitation was.
O'Connor has been assigned to desk duty while his actions are investigated.
Mia Irizarry rented a pavilion at Cook County Forest Preserves in IL for an afternoon picnic on June 14.
"This is what I'm wearing guys", she says revealing her outfit as a man yells at her in the background. "You should be wearing United States of America flag", he 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".
Let's imagine if a white woman said she was being harassed by a Black or Latin person, the police would have dragged them to jail, tased or even shot him.
The police officer turned and walked back to his police vehicle without responding, as the irate man followed her out onto the grass.
For several minutes the man berates Irizarry and at one point stands a few inches from her. "The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct", the Forest Preserves tweeted.
"Because I can", she answered, before appealing to the police to intervene, saying she had rented some of the park's outdoor seating. "People have just as much right to be here as you and when you're drunk, you don't belong here". "He failed to deescalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety", Rosselló tweeted.
"After the June 14 incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer". The man resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that".
"In this case, a U.S. citizen questions the citizenship of another United States citizen and American law-enforcement just sits back and watches", he said. While citizens of the island cannot vote in United States presidential elections, those born there are still USA citizens.
The Trump administration has received criticism for its treatment of Puerto Rico, particularly for its response after Hurricane Maria struck last September.