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Portland Considers Anti-Face Mask Law Responding To Antifa Violence

Officials in Portland, Oregon, are considering a ban on the wearing of masks during protest events, in response to the violent clash that took place in the city between Antifa and right-wing groups.

Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw called for anti-mask regulations following the assault of conservative journalist Andy Ngo by Antifa protesters on June 29, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

“A lot of people are emboldened because they know they can’t be identified,” Outlaw said to reporters at a press conference.

Portland officials have discussed the potential outlawing of face-covering masks for those who are attempting to hide their identities while committing a crime, said Eileen Park, a spokeswoman for the mayor’s office.

Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler “wants to weigh his options thoroughly and hear concerns from community leaders before making a decision,” according to Park.

The policy is a violation of the First Amendment, the Oregon American Civil Liberties Union says.

“Behavior is the issue, not the mask,” spokeswoman Sarah Armstrong explained, according to WSJ.

“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,” she continued.

Patriot Prayer group leader Joey Gibson says he supports the idea of anti-mask legislation.

“The second the mask come off, they even act polite,” Gibson reportedly said.

“If Ted Wheeler is tired of the national attention, all they have to do is enforce a no-mask law,” he continued.

As many as 15 U.S. states enforce anti-mask regulation of some form, much of which stems from efforts to combat the prominence of the KKK during the 20th century, according to WSJ.

A version of this story appears on the Daily Caller website.

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12 Comments
  • Stephen Russell says:

    Nationwide OK then adopt

  • Asisay says:

    Will it apply to muslims?

  • Joe says:

    It’ll never pass. The demboons love the Antfarts and want them to beat Portland’s cops and citizens. If they didn’t want it, they wouldn’t have allowed it in the first place. The cops were told to “stand down” and let the Antfarts riot, take over a highway, and attack motorists.

  • CCSRAS says:

    If you are acting legally, you should not be ashamed to show your face. Anonymity at a protest as well as on social media, brings out the worst in people and in the case of protests turning into riots, they make the police work more difficult as they try to protect citizens.

  • I really feel bad for the good citizens of Portland that have to put up with this ding-bat bend over mayor ted, and he is the reason why antifa is so out of control!

  • Joe Wiznowski says:

    Portland’s spokeswoman says this “Behavior is the issue, not the mask,” well if that’s the case you just made a strong point against gun control after all its the persons behavior that makes them go out and shoot not the gun.

  • Zynn says:

    OK, they will just wear motorcycle helmets. Then what?

  • Start busting some masked heads with your police batons, that’s what they are for. When things get out of control target the masked thugs 1st. Things will change, I promise. Notice you don’t see this sh*t happening in the south? You won’t either. We don’t put up with that crap.

  • Nelson Enochian says:

    Face Masks should be an automatic 120 days behind bars and a $1,000.00 fine…

  • Diana says:

    In every state, Town, in America, no excuses, only exemptions is in the Winter in Cold areas, Halloween, n other exemptions

  • Gwen says:

    Never mind the masks,if they do something violent then don’t stand down,arrest them.

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