The woman targeted in the video, Mia Irizarry, says she was trying to celebrate her birthday when Trybus approached her asking her why she was wearing the sleeveless Puerto Rico flag shirt, which also had "Puerto Rico" written below the V neckline.
According to a Morning Consult poll, nearly half of Americans do not know that Puerto Ricans are US citizens.
"You're not going to change us you know that", Trybus is heard saying to her, adding that "the world is not going to change the United States of America, period".
"You're not an American", Trybus continues to tell Irizarry.
Irizarry told the officers Trybus "approached her and made rude comments" while she was setting up for a picnic, and then Trybus "got in her face while pointing a finger at her", according to the police report.
When the policeman didn't respond, Irizarry says, "Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable".
A Hunter College student from Somers who volunteered to help fix and reconstruct many homes in Puerto Rico decimated by Hurricane Maria shared her experience with News 12.
"Officer, I paid for a permit for this area", she also says.
Apparently, another bystander eventually called police and more officers arrived to deal with the man. "All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County, and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves". The unresponsive officer seen in the video was reassigned to desk duty pending his conduct review. Puerto Rican public officials, including Governor Ricardo Rosselló, have reiterated the vulnerability of the island's power system.
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.
"We will be looking into this incident as our offices in DC are in contact with local and state authorities, demanding that this officer be expelled from the police force", Rossello said. The officer is visible in the background of the video, standing several yards from the man and the woman, but he does not appear to respond to the woman's requests for help. "Now that I see what's going on, at no time was he going to attack you, he's just a big mouth", Connor says.
"I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior", Rossello posted in a tweet.
He said his agency would re-examine the diversity training for its officers and other employees. Puerto Rican residents have been American citizens since 1917 and have the right to vote in United States presidential primaries, but not in presidential elections. After the incident, we immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer.
Cook County Board Chairman Toni Preckwinkle apologized to the woman via Twitter. "In this case, a USA citizen questions the citizenship of another United States citizen and American law-enforcement just sits back and watches".