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Ban on ‘deceptive’ mask wearing pushed after violent campus takeovers by cloaked agitators

It’s time to deliver again a pre-COVID legislation forbidding teams of masked individuals from gathering collectively in public, activists and officers insist.

A virtually 200-year-old legislation that made it unlawful to be disguised in public was repealed in 2020, to permit mask-wearing to stop the unfold of the virus.

But face coverings have lately made a comeback as a part of the de-facto uniform of pro-Palestine protesters on faculty campuses.

Protestors gathered at Columbia University gates, holding flags, in support of student protesters and the ongoing Israel-Palestinian conflict, New York City, April 30, 2024.
A invoice launched in New York is aiming to deliver again a legislation that may ban individuals from masking in teams in public, as has change into widespread at pro-Palestine rallies. REUTERS/David Dee Delgado
State Assemblyman Michael Reilly speaking at podium with lawmakers in background
“If you’re truly out there for peaceful assembly, then there’s no reason to cover your face,” Staten Island Assemblyman Michael Reilly stated. Paul Martinka

“While the right to peaceful assembly and free speech are core to our national values, the deceptive use of masks and other facial covering pose a significant risk to public safety,” stated Staten Island Assemblyman Michael Reilly.

“This is now being used as a tool that those who are looking to wreak havoc are utilizing,” Reilly instructed The Post. “If you’re truly out there for peaceful assembly, then there’s no reason to cover your face. For those that cover their face, their intentions are to do something that is not peaceful.”

Reilly, a former NYPD lieutenant, launched laws to amend the legislation, making it a misdemeanor punishable by 90 days in jail or as much as one 12 months if there’s harm to a different individual or theft or harm of property.

It wouldn’t apply to non secular coverings, he famous.

State Sen. Steven Rhoades is co-sponsoring the invoice within the Senate.

Louis Turco, president of the NYPD Lieutenants Benevolent Association, stated it will “prevent criminals from hiding their appearance while committing crimes.”

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt lately took to X to name for a ban of full face masks on campus.

Columbia University students and pro-Palestinian demonstrators marching in front of Hamilton Hall, wearing face masks and carrying a sign reading "teachers college abolition collective for a free palestine"
Some protesters say they put on face masks and coverings to stop harassment and retaliation. REUTERS
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt at microphones speaking to crowd
Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt lately known as for some coverings to be banned totally. Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/S

“Masks that cover the entire face have no bearing on COVID or free speech and should be banned,” he stated.

Violent protesters final week occupied Columbia University’s Hamilton Hall, many clad in ski masks, full-face keffiyehs, N-95s and hoods.

Pro-terror demonstrators have admitted the practice is to prevent “doxxing,” or having their identities revealed, over their activism.

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