Skip to comments.Portland Considers Antimask Law Aimed at Antifa Violence
Posted on 07/18/2019 11:12:33 AM PDT by reaganaut1
City leaders in Portland, Ore., are considering making it illegal for protesters to wear masks in an attempt to address violent clashes between left-wing and right-wing activists, the latest of which occurred a few weeks ago.
Police Chief Danielle Outlaw first called for an antimask law after dueling protests on June 29, where a conservative writer said he was assaulted by members of the left-wing group Antifa, who frequently wear masks. Demonstrators from Antifa, short for antifascist, were among those countering a march by the Proud Boys, which calls itself a Western Chauvinist Group and is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
A lot of people are emboldened because they know they cant be identified, Ms. Outlaw said at a news conference.
A spokeswoman for Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said city officials have had initial discussions about outlawing the wearing of a mask to commit a crime or escape identification in the commission of a crime. Mr. Wheeler wants to weigh his options thoroughly and hear concerns from community leaders before making a decision, said Eileen Park, the spokeswoman.
The idea received a swift rebuke from the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.
A policy that prohibits wearing a mask to a protest not only risks chilling First Amendment-protected activities, particularly for those who wear masks for political and religious reasons, it misses the issue entirely, spokeswoman Sarah Armstrong said in an email. Behavior is the issue, not the mask.
About 15 states and some counties and cities have some sort of antimask legislation. Many date to the middle of the last century when states and cities sought to target the Ku Klux Klan, but in recent years the laws have been passed amid activism by left-wing groups.
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AF, short for Communist As F-—
Does no one in Portland carry? How are there not stacks of Antifa?
Actually, it sounds like a compelling argument. Let's apply it to the TSA drones who are so focused on confiscating and profiling stuff that they wouldn't know a terrorist if one hit them in the face. < / sarcasm >
Anti-mask law should be federal.
And burkas? they are masks too.
The last three attacks were enough to put their victims in reasonable fear of death or great bodily harm; indeed they actually inflicted great bodily harm to each victim’s head. That’s enough to have allowed each victim to use lethal force to stop each attack.
WHAT THE F#CK?!
This from the WSJ? It's on video, for f#ck's sake!
Has it gotten that bad?
I'd bet if it were a ban on the Pledge of Allegiance it would have been passed immediately.
No real surprise the ACLU defends Fascism.
Because the mayor protects antifa and arrests those who fight back.
I am of the opinion that wearing a mask or intentionally concealing identity while committing a crime, misdemeanor or felony, is de-facto proof of intent and should be a minimum 1 year felony with up to an additional 4 years (total of 5).
Bullet drop, 500 yards, 123gr 6.5mm, 2500 fps...
Hold 36 inches high...
Go F yourselves, Wall Street Journal.
So, the Chief of Police’s name is Outlaw. Since the cops have been repeatedly ordered to stand down while Antifa riots and assaults people, the name fits.
How about Oregon.
The State gub mint can make that happen.
Course it is over the top liberal Oregon.
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