‘You shouldn’t be wearing that in the United States’: Man berates woman wearing a Puerto Rican T-shirt
A 62-year-old man appears to be in need of geography lessons after he allegedly accosted a woman for wearing a T-shirt with an image of the Puerto Rican flag in an Illinois park. “You should not be wearing that in the United States of America,” the man can be heard saying to her on a video she posted on Facebook. “Are you a citizen?”
Mia Irizarry posted the video of the incident that shows the man, who is facing charges, verbally harassing her at a pavilion that she said she rented with the appropriate permits. The man, Timothy Trybus, has been charged with simple assault, according to an incident report.
ABC News has been unable to reach Trybus.
Irizarry is shown in the video wearing a sleeveless shirt that is made to look like the Puerto Rican flag, and has the name of the U.S. territory printed on it.
That appears to have set off the man.
“Are you a United States citizen?” he asked again, prompting Irizarry to say she is. “Then you should not be wearing that. You should be wearing a United States of America [inaudible].”
A then-unidenfied man, pictured, was shown harassing the woman, questioning her citizenship.
Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, dating back to the signing of the Jones-Shafroth Act in 1917.
Later in the video, Irizarry is shown asking a Cook County Forest Preserve District police officer for help in getting the man away from her. The officer does not move any closer to the pair or appear to do anything to actively end the situation.
“As you can see the police are not even — he’s not even grabbing him. Like this guy is just walking up to me. He basically got in my face, damn near almost touched me,” Irizarry is heard saying to the camera during the incident.
Mia Irizarry posted a video of the June 14 incident on Facebook and showed that she was wearing a shirt that looked like the Puerto Rican flag.
Later in the video, a female officer can be seen arriving on the scene and directly engaging the man.
“Hopefully, this officer will actually do something,” Irizarry is heard saying when the second officer arrives.
The female officer talks to the man, telling him, “Listen, you don’t need to be badgering anybody.”
The female officer is heard telling the man that he may face charges “for not being compliant, and you don’t come here harassing people.”
“If you’re drunk, you don’t belong here,” she is heard telling the man.
Irizarry did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment.
Irizarry posted the video on her Facebook account after the June 14 encounter at Caldwell Woods, which is part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Agency officials released a statement July 9 saying they were aware of the incident and video and “immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer.”
“The investigation is ongoing and the officer involved has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome. The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct,” the Forest Preserves tweeted.
Another tweet said, “All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves.”
Forest Preserves spokeswoman Stacina Stagner called the video “very disturbing.”
“If the investigation confirms the officer did not take appropriate steps to ensure public safety, disciplinary action will be swift,” Stagner said via email. “At the same time, this video will help inform ongoing officer training so we can all learn from this unfortunate episode.”
The first officer on the scene did not appear to intervene and has since been placed on desk duty.
Stagner confirmed that the man who was shown harassing Irizarry was charged by the preserve’s police department.
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.”
“I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer’s behavior,” Rossello posted in a tweet.
‘You shouldn’t be wearing that in the United States’: Puerto Rican shirt sets man off
American tourist killed by stray bullet in Mexico City
American tourist killed by stray bullet in Mexico City More American tourist killed by stray bullet in Mexico City originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
An American tourist was accidentally shot and killed during a driveby shooting while exiting a taco restaurant in an upscale neighborhood in Mexico City on Monday.
The woman was apparently struck by a stray bullet, according to the Mexico City Attorney General’s Office. According to the AG, she was struck when two men on a motorcycle fired at a man on the sidewalk.
Tatiana Mirutenko, 27, was shot while exiting a restaurant in the Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood of the Mexico capital at about 5:50 a.m. The neighborhood is known as a nice area and a popular destination for tourists.
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Mirutenko, who was with her husband and two friends, was taken to the hospital, where she died. The 46-year-old man who was targeted in the shooting was injured. The AG said he worked as a bouncer in Polanco, the neighborhood just east of Lomas de Chapultepec.
“A year ago, we were selecting flowers for the wedding. Today we were looking at flowers for the funeral,” Wasyl Mirutenko, Tatiana’s father, told San Francisco ABC station KGO .
A manhunt is still on for the two alleged shooters.
“The analysis of the surveillance cameras, by the investigation police, allowed us to know that the aggressors fled to the State of Mexico,” the attorney general said.
Tatiana Mirutenko, 27, was shot while exiting a restaurant in the Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood of Mexico City on Monday, July 9, 2018. (Mirutenko Family) More The woman worked for Nektar Therapeutics in San Francisco.
“Tatiana was a bright and passionate rising star on our Nektar Investor Relations team in San Francisco,” Jennifer Ruddock, Nektar’s senior Vvice president of Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs told ABC News. “She was always willing to help on any project across the company and had an incredibly strong work ethic. Many throughout Nektar, and outside the company, valued her positive energy, insight and sheer enthusiasm for life.”
The U.S. Department of State confirmed the American woman’s death.
“We extend our sincere condolences to friends and family members of the deceased,” the Bureau of Consular Affairs said in a statement. “The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is providing all appropriate consular services to her family. Out of respect for the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment.”
ABC News’ Anne Laurent, Darren Reynolds and Conor Finnegan contributed to this report.
Pompeo Kept in Dark About N.Korea Itinerary
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was given the details of his schedule only a few hours ahead of his arrival in Pyongyang over the weekend.
When he arrived on Friday morning, Pompeo “had few details of his schedule in the North Korean capital — even which hotel he and his staff would stay in,” Bloomberg News reported. “Not much was clear aside from lunch with counterpart Kim Yong-chol.”
“In the end, Pompeo stayed at neither of the hotels where he thought he’d be,” it added. “The North Koreans took him, his staff and the six journalists traveling with the delegation to a gated guesthouse on the outskirts of the capital.”
“It was the start of a confused visit of less than 30 hours.”
Pompeo’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un never happened “despite strenuous efforts from his staff,” the website added.
Over dinner on the first day at the guesthouse, “waiters brought plate after plate of food — foie gras, turkey, pea soup, boiled oak mushrooms, kimchi, watermelon and ice cream, plus a drink branded ‘American Cola.'”
Plenty of fruit was provided in the rooms despite the fact that the North suffers a severe food shortage and many ordinary people live on the brink of starvation, according to the Bloomberg reporter.
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Senate confirms justice official who worked for Russian bank
Senate confirms justice official who worked for Russian bank MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER , • July 11, 2018 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday approved President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Justice Department’s criminal division following a yearlong confirmation process. Brian Benczkowski was narrowly confirmed as an assistant attorney general with a 51-48 vote. Democrats strongly opposed the nomination, partly because of his work while in private practice for a leading Russian bank. Democrats said his Russian ties could complicate special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign. Democrats also contended that Benczkowski did not have enough experience in federal courtrooms to run the criminal division. The position is one of the most significant in the Justice Department, with the assistant attorney general having oversight of criminal cases involving public corruption, financial fraud, computer hacking, drug trafficking and other major crimes. Benczkowski sought to downplay those concerns at his confirmation hearing last year, saying, “Being head of the criminal division in the first instance is principally a management and leadership job.” He noted that he had held multiple Justice Department posts, including serving as chief of staff to former Attorney General Michael Mukasey in the Bush administration. “One of the things that I learned in the course of those previous positions is how important it is to consult and listen to the career lawyers in the department,” Benczkowski said. Benczkowski, who also served as an aide to Jeff Sessions when he was a U.S. senator, has most recently been a partner at Kirkland & Ellis law firm and a Justice Department official. Sessions, now attorney general, welcomed Benczkowski to the job Wednesday, praising his diverse experience. “This will be the sixth senior position Brian has held at the Department, and we are fortunate to have someone with his breadth of experience and strong leadership skills willing to serve again. At a time like this — with surging violent crime and an unprecedented drug epidemic — this position is especially important,” Sessions said in a statement. Benczkowski attracted attention throughout the confirmation process. He told members of Congress that he had previously represented Alfa Bank, which drew attention last year after U.S. news media widely reported a possible server connection between the bank and the Trump Organization. The bank says it was targeted by hackers who created a fake cyber trail to suggest extensive links with businesses owned by Trump. That experience continued to concern Democrats on Wednesday. In a floor speech just before the vote, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Benczkowski’s inexperience alone should be disqualifying. But he said he is extremely concerned about his ties to Russia, which he said “could enable him to directly interfere” with Mueller’s investigation.
Amazon’s Free Delivery Woos Korean Customers 뉴스
Amazon has started to offer free delivery in Korea for purchases over US$90, sending customers rushing to the giant online retailer.
Sales surged when the free shipping started on July 5. Amazon purchases using Shinhan Card surged 56 percent on July 5-6 from July 1-4. Purchases with KB Kookmin Card also jumped 65 percent.
Delighted customers here have been posting photos of their purchases on social media, mostly large ones like toys, suitcases and expensive camping products, which they could not afford before due to the excessive shipping costs.
One 40-year-old office worker said, “Until now, deliveries of suitcases priced over $100 cost $200 to deliver, but now we no longer have to pay that.”
Credit-card purchases must be done in U.S. dollars to avoid double conversion fees.
AliExpress from China and the U.K.’s Book Depository offer free deliveries to Korea even for small items that cost as little as a few dollars.
Amazon has been widely expected to open an office in Korea, but no concrete steps have been taken so far. Some industry watchers say the free shipping may be the first step in that direction.
The move has been bad news for proxy companies that used to charge for bundling Amazon purchases by Korean customers to save them delivery fees. But one industry insider said, “Free shipping applies only to products sold by Amazon directly but not those of third-party vendors, so the impact won’t be that severe.”
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