Woman Harassed For Puerto Shirt While Cop Looks On

WATCH: Man Attacks Woman for Puerto Rico Flag Shirt [FULL VIDEO]

The incident occurred on June 14, but the video went viral several weeks later, on July 9, when it was posted on social media by the news outlet NowThis.

Mia Irizarry who was celebrating her 24th birthday at the park last month, was approached by a man, a park police officer, who repeatedly asked her as to why she was wearing a sleeveless Puerto Rico flag shirt?

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.

"If you're an American citizen, you should not be wearing that shirt in America", he says at another point. "If you're an American citizen, you should not be wearing that shirt in America".

The man continued to criticize her, even as more cops arrived, saying, "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that".

The man proceeds to ask Irizarry whether she is a United States citizen and Irizarry replies that she is.

The officer can then be seen talking to Trybus, who gesticulates back and tells him to "shut the f*** up". Like, this guy's just walking up to me. "She also says, "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove ... please officer" as the officer casually walks away from her".

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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 vehicle and looks away as the distressed woman calls out for help.

The Forest Preserves of Cook County released a statement on Twitter, saying the officer who refused to help Irizarry has been placed on desk duty pending the results of an investigation into his actions that day. The investigation is ongoing and the officer involved has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome.

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County Police charged Trybus with assault and disorderly conduct, police officials said in a news conference Tuesday. It nonetheless spread around social media, being viewed nearly 2.5 million times just through a version produced by social news outlet NowThis.

Ricardo Rosselló, the governor of Puerto Rico, said he was "appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior". "The Forest Preserves immediately launched an investigation into the incident", she tweeted. "In this case, a USA citizen questions the citizenship of another USA citizen and American law-enforcement just sits back and watches".

"This is not the America we all believe in", he tweeted. "Whether they are racists at a park, Cook County employees who do nothing, or Presidents who toss paper towels at people and denigrate Latinos w/ every Tweet, this is not the America we want to become & standing up to hate & bigotry must start at home". "We protect Puerto Rico". Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in U.S. presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections.

Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth with its own constitution, rather than a state.

"Puerto Ricans have been part of the United States", Rosello reminded viewers. "People need to understand that".

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