Video: New Bill Would Make Wearing Hoodies A Crime

dJanuary 5, 2015



Oklahoma lawmakers are planning to introduce a bill this February that would make it illegal to wear hooded sweatshirts, or “hoodies,” in public, according to a report from Oklahoma’s Channel 6 News.

Republican Senator Don Barrington will introduce the bill, which would make it a misdemeanor to “wear a mask, hood, or covering” either while committing a crime or in order to intentionally conceal one’s identity. If the bill is passed, offenders would be subject to a fine of $50 to $500, and up to one year in jail. The ban would not affect mask-wearers on Halloween or at masquerade parties, nor would it apply to people who wear head coverings for religious purposes.

The bill’s purpose is seemingly to deter crime. As Channel 6’s report notes, robberies caught on surveillance camera often show the perpetrator wearing a mask or hoodie to cover his or her face. 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. CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostintook on the issue when an Indiana mall banned the garment in March:

“This is about the pretext of being able to stop young African-American males,” she said. “Hoodie is code for ‘thug’ in many places and I think businesses shouldn’t be in the business of telling people what to wear. The Fourteenth Amendment protects us from this.”

More on both sides of the argument can be found in the video below:

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4 thoughts on “Video: New Bill Would Make Wearing Hoodies A Crime

  1. My lead to your article Ms. B. Ordinarily this is the type of legislation nut job progressive/socialists would come up with.
    Do anti-gun laws lower violent crimes, carjackings and murder? Only in the minds of those so afflicted. Not according to the FBI or the DOJ.
    Never thinking about the unintended consequences of their actions, do they really believe this will stop crime?
    What part of the First Amendment doesn’t Republican Senator Don Barrington understand about freedom of expression?
    What’s next will they ban my hammer and cycle Obama tu-tu?
    After all, It was stated by Obama, ” If I had a son he would look just like Trayvon Martin.”

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  2. Here is a Republican that clearly doesn’t understand the U.S. Constitution., What part of the Freedom of Expression doesn’t he understand under the First Amendment. This is DOA as States cannot make laws that trump the Constitution. Great find, Thank you ma’am.


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