Oklahoma Legislator Wants Hoodies To Be Illegal When Cops Feel Like It, Punk
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Oklahoma state Sen. Don Barrington has decided to use the power of his office to take a bold stand against depraved criminals menacing the public. He's apparently taken inspiration from noted crime experts like Geraldo Rivera and an Oklahoma City liquor store manager, taking aim at the greatest threat imaginable to the safety of his constituents: outerwear garments with attached head coverings.
Shelly Cruze's store, Mayfair Liquor, was once a target of a robbery and once was enough.
"Of course the hood was up and it was drawn," said Cruze.
So now, Shelly has a clear message to customers even before they walk in. No hoodies, hoods or masks.
"When you go into a place they need to see your face. That's just human contact, that's communication, to see your face," said Cruze.
Shelly's rule could eventually be law.
After consulting with the Department of Public Safety, Senator Don Barrington has authored a bill that would make it unlawful to wear a mask, hood or covering during the commission of a crime or to intentionally conceal his or her identity in a public place.
The law would have some exceptions to avoid criminalizing Halloween costumes, religious headwear, "special events like a parade," or winter weather so flipping cold your face will freeze off without a balaclava, "but if you wear a hood with ill intentions, you could be slapped with a misdemeanor fine of $50 to $500 and or one year in jail."
So how would a cop on the street determine whether a hoodie wearer had ill intentions? We can't imagine that elements like race or age or sagginess of pants might figure into the judgments.
With the bill’s language only prohibiting wearing hoodies while committing a crime or to intentionally hide, supporters say the ban wouldn’t negatively affect people just trying to wear a sweatshirt in day-to-day life.
Others, however, have argued that bans on hoodies — no matter the intention — only serve to exacerbate problems with racial profiling.
Don't you listen to those nattering nabobs of negativity, Sen. Barrington! People like Geraldo Rivera appreciate that what you're trying to do would actually protect the hoodie wearers just as much as the people they're clearly poised to rob.
We assume this bill will sail to the governor's desk with minimal controversy, but if Sen. Barrington runs into any problems,we suggest that he bring this congresscriminal from Illinois down to the state senate chamber in his hoodie as an example of what they're up against.
You can follow Beth on Twitter. Her hoodie has the name of a college in New England on it, so she's safe.