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Man Arrested for Wearing Grinch Mask
Thursday, May 26, 2005 11:46 AM EDT
The Associated Press
City and county attorneys are defending Wheeling police who arrested a man for wearing a Grinch mask while walking along a city street.
Norman Eugene Gray, 42, of Proctor was arrested Tuesday. He was arraigned and released on a personal recognizance bond.
Officers saw Gray about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, told him to take the mask off and not put it on again. Gray removed it and asked why he could not wear it, according to Wheeling police reports. Officers told him wearing masks in public is illegal.
Gray said he felt he had a right to wear it and said it was not illegal. He put the mask back on and was arrested. The mask was confiscated.
Wheeling City Solicitor Rosemary Humway-Warmuth and Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith said masks as well as dark window tinting in vehicles can pose a safety hazard to law enforcement officers and hinder efforts to identify criminal suspects.
Originally posted by curme
I'm pretty sure the mask laws were enacted to stop the Ku Klux Klan's terrorist activities.
Ok, I did a quick Google.
Court rulings have allowed Klan marches -- with the masks off.
Yup. Specially the big ones in style now.
Originally posted by marg6043
Hell, I wonder what will be next.
Dark big sun glasses?