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New Oklahoma Bill Would Criminalize Hoodies (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Oklahoma State Senator Don Barrington (R) has proposed a new bill that would make it illegal to wear a mask, hoodie or hood while committing a crime or to intentionally conceal a person's identity in public.

If the bill passes, wearing a hoodie with the wrong intentions would result in a fine of $50 to $500 and/or one year in jail.

Shelly Cruze, the owner of a local liquor store says she was robbed by someone wearing a hoodie, which she no longer allows in her business.

"They need to see your face. You know, that's just human contact, that's communication," Cruze told News On 6 (video below).

There would be some exceptions such as childish pranks on Halloween, religious beliefs, special events or weather conditions.

However, anti-hoodie rules and laws have been accused of being racist.

"I think the bottom line is we know what this is about. This is about the pretext of being able to stop young African-American males," legal analyst Sunny Hostin told CNN last year. "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 14th Amendment protects us from this."

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Sources: News On 6, CNN
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