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2014-04-11 06:29:25 AM  
Cops are rarely amused when it's not them in the ghillie suit.
 
2014-04-11 06:47:56 AM  
Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?
 
2014-04-11 07:18:08 AM  
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 J Costner
Wonder if I'm the only one who had to look up the definition of a "ghillie suit?"


Yes.
 
2014-04-11 08:55:36 AM  
"Sorry."
 
2014-04-11 09:07:54 AM  
www.sotaissexy.com
 
2014-04-11 09:09:00 AM  

Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?


VIRGINIA Section 18.2-422:
Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; exceptions.
It shall be unlawful for any person over sixteen years of age while wearing any mask, hood or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, to be or appear in any public place, or upon any private property in this Commonwealth without first having obtained from the owner or tenant thereof consent to do so in writing. However, the provisions of this section shall not apply to persons (i) wearing traditional holiday costumes; (ii) engaged in professions, trades, employment or other activities and wearing protective masks which are deemed necessary for the physical safety of the wearer or other persons; (iii) engaged in any bona fide theatrical production or masquerade ball; or (iv) wearing a mask, hood or other device for bona fide medical reasons upon the advice of a licensed physician or osteopath and carrying on his person an affidavit from the physician or osteopath specifying the medical necessity for wearing the device and the date on which the wearing of the device will no longer be necessary and providing a brief description of the device. The violation of any provisions of this section shall constitute a Class 6 felony.
 
2014-04-11 09:09:35 AM  

Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?


Guys expression in his mugshot says the same thing.
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2014-04-11 09:10:43 AM  
A whonow whatnow?
 
2014-04-11 09:12:19 AM  

Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?


A while ago.  When you take your kids trick or treating, they're probably breaking the law.

It sort of makes sense if you run a convenience store.  Do you really want people walking in wearing masks?

The dude deserves a swift kick in the nuts.
 
2014-04-11 09:13:14 AM  
Yeah, blasting an air horn to damage someone's hearing and potentially give them a heart attack is pretty stupid.  I wonder if he only pranked people smaller than himself, for fear of getting beaten up.
 
2014-04-11 09:13:42 AM  
So, my new Pennywise costume might not be accepted by the general public?
 
2014-04-11 09:13:57 AM  

Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?


Just shows the stupidity of laws in the country and how we aren't really "free".  How in the hell would anyone know that's illegal?  It is just in that town, in that county, in the state, or a federal crime?
 
2014-04-11 09:14:20 AM  
Gotta admit, that could be comedy gold.

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Content.
 
2014-04-11 09:16:15 AM  

Cheron: Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?

VIRGINIA Section 18.2-422:
Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; exceptions.
It shall be unlawful for any person over sixteen years of age while wearing any mask, hood or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, to be or appear in any public place, or upon any private property in this Commonwealth without first having obtained from the owner or tenant thereof consent to do so in writing. However, the provisions of this section shall not apply to persons (i) wearing traditional holiday costumes; (ii) engaged in professions, trades, employment or other activities and wearing protective masks which are deemed necessary for the physical safety of the wearer or other persons; (iii) engaged in any bona fide theatrical production or masquerade ball; or (iv) wearing a mask, hood or other device for bona fide medical reasons upon the advice of a licensed physician or osteopath and carrying on his person an affidavit from the physician or osteopath specifying the medical necessity for wearing the device and the date on which the wearing of the device will no longer be necessary and providing a brief description of the device. The violation of any provisions of this section shall constitute a Class 6 felony.


So all the muslim women in that area are in jail then too?  I don't see a religious exemption in that blurb.

fark the laws are getting loopy...  getting ha,  they've been that way for awhile now,  but wow.
 
2014-04-11 09:16:20 AM  

gfid: Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?

A while ago.  When you take your kids trick or treating, they're probably breaking the law.

It sort of makes sense if you run a convenience store.  Do you really want people walking in wearing masks?

The dude deserves a swift kick in the nuts.


The law in question only applies to people over 16 and exempts 'traditional holiday costumes'. So presumably your kids would be safe on Halloween by two different arguments.
 
2014-04-11 09:18:21 AM  
The only thing more disappointing than no video is the lame ass charge they were able to get him for...

He was arrested and charged with wearing a mask in public.
 
2014-04-11 09:19:09 AM  
I'd do him
 
2014-04-11 09:19:26 AM  
From the article he didn't actually ever use the airhorn.  He was essentially arrested for standing around in an outfit the cops didn't like.

I think the bigger issue here is that cops will arrest for anything they feel like and come up with some obscure law to charge you.  Everybody in this country is a criminal, it is only up to the police to decide if you get arrested or not.
 
2014-04-11 09:20:50 AM  

Cheron: Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?

VIRGINIA Section 18.2-422:
Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; exceptions.
It shall be unlawful for any person over sixteen years of age while wearing any mask, hood or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, to be or appear in any public place, or upon any private property in this Commonwealth without first having obtained from the owner or tenant thereof consent to do so in writing. However, the provisions of this section shall not apply to persons (i) wearing traditional holiday costumes; (ii) engaged in professions, trades, employment or other activities and wearing protective masks which are deemed necessary for the physical safety of the wearer or other persons; (iii) engaged in any bona fide theatrical production or masquerade ball; or (iv) wearing a mask, hood or other device for bona fide medical reasons upon the advice of a licensed physician or osteopath and carrying on his person an affidavit from the physician or osteopath specifying the medical necessity for wearing the device and the date on which the wearing of the device will no longer be necessary and providing a brief description of the device. The violation of any provisions of this section shall constitute a Class 6 felony.


Guess that solves that:  Anonymous is not welcome in Virginia.  On the scale of:

Peeved|------------------------------------------------------------- -- -------X-------|Thankful

I'm betting that's about where they are.
 
2014-04-11 09:21:04 AM  
What this guy was planning sounds like a good way to get himself shot by some stand-your-grounder.

/doesn't sound like it would be much of a loss
 
2014-04-11 09:21:21 AM  
"in this Commonwealth" basically means VA can make up most laws they want as long as not infringing on national law (not the same as state laws) like DUI territory is .07/6/5/whatever they want
 
2014-04-11 09:21:54 AM  

Cheron: Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?

VIRGINIA Section 18.2-422:
Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; exceptions.
It shall be unlawful for any person over sixteen years of age while wearing any mask, hood or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, to be or appear in any public place, or upon any private property in this Commonwealth without first having obtained from the owner or tenant thereof consent to do so in writing. However, the provisions of this section shall not apply to persons (i) wearing traditional holiday costumes; (ii) engaged in professions, trades, employment or other activities and wearing protective masks which are deemed necessary for the physical safety of the wearer or other persons; (iii) engaged in any bona fide theatrical production or masquerade ball; or (iv) wearing a mask, hood or other device for bona fide medical reasons upon the advice of a licensed physician or osteopath and carrying on his person an affidavit from the physician or osteopath specifying the medical necessity for wearing the device and the date on which the wearing of the device will no longer be necessary and providing a brief description of the device. The violation of any provisions of this section shall constitute a Class 6 felony.


So if I'm reading this right, if I ever visit Virginia, I can't have me hood up or put a ski mask on if I go out for a walk.  That seems a little extreme.
 
2014-04-11 09:22:07 AM  

UNHbeta19: From the article he didn't actually ever use the airhorn.  He was essentially arrested for standing around in an outfit the cops didn't like.

I think the bigger issue here is that cops will arrest for anything they feel like and come up with some obscure law to charge you.  Everybody in this country is a criminal, it is only up to the police to decide if you get arrested or not.


That's what the catch-all "disorderly conduct" is for.
 
2014-04-11 09:23:48 AM  

dkimball: Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?

Just shows the stupidity of laws in the country and how we aren't really "free".  How in the hell would anyone know that's illegal?  It is just in that town, in that county, in the state, or a federal crime?


On New Years Day each year, fed, state and local governments put into effect a bevvy of new laws. Most of which are published under the provision that they protect someone from something but in actuality are to ensure that you cannot leave your house without being in violation of something. So when such a time comes as an officer wants to stop you, he/she can do so without the risk of violating the fourth amendment.

Americans are more concerned with living with the illusion of safety and security than they are not living in a police state. And that is why we live in a police state.
 
2014-04-11 09:27:04 AM  
It must not get all that cold in Virgina,  some days around here not covering your face would get it frozen off it you were outside for any significant length of time.

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/Known as a Timmons Top hat around these parts. =)
 
2014-04-11 09:27:48 AM  
Is that law originally an anti Klan attempt?
 
2014-04-11 09:29:14 AM  

Buttknuckle: I'd do him


We know, we know.
 
2014-04-11 09:31:14 AM  

Cheron: Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?

VIRGINIA Section 18.2-422:
Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; exceptions.
It shall be unlawful for any person over sixteen years of age while wearing any mask, hood or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, to be or appear in any public place, or upon any private property in this Commonwealth without first having obtained from the owner or tenant thereof consent to do so in writing. However, the provisions of this section shall not apply to persons (i) wearing traditional holiday costumes; (ii) engaged in professions, trades, employment or other activities and wearing protective masks which are deemed necessary for the physical safety of the wearer or other persons; (iii) engaged in any bona fide theatrical production or masquerade ball; or (iv) wearing a mask, hood or other device for bona fide medical reasons upon the advice of a licensed physician or osteopath and carrying on his person an affidavit from the physician or osteopath specifying the medical necessity for wearing the device and the date on which the wearing of the device will no longer be necessary and providing a brief description of the device. The violation of any provisions of this section shall constitute a Class 6 felony.


Note how it doesn't exempt muslim women or hoodie-wearing black males.
 
2014-04-11 09:31:34 AM  

UNHbeta19: From the article he didn't actually ever use the airhorn.  He was essentially arrested for standing around in an outfit the cops didn't like.

I think the bigger issue here is that cops will arrest for anything they feel like and come up with some obscure law to charge you.  Everybody in this country is a criminal, it is only up to the police to decide if you get arrested or not.


THIS.  It could just as easily been "criminal mischief" or something.  It has lead to the weird phenomenon that it is almost impossible to get a police officer to tell you whether something is legal, yet can still charge you for it.
 
2014-04-11 09:31:35 AM  

BLeap: So if I'm reading this right, if I ever visit Virginia, I can't have me hood up or put a ski mask on if I go out for a walk.  That seems a little extreme.


Yarrr, there be laws there.
 
2014-04-11 09:31:50 AM  
It's an anti-superhero/supervillain law.
Used to be a big problem in Vagina.
History, people, learns it.
 
2014-04-11 09:32:21 AM  
I saw someone doing this exact thing outside the Nationals game on Wednesday.  He wore a ghillie suit and sat in a big planter doing his best impression of a tree, grabbing people as they came out of the metro and scaring the living hell out of them.  He didn't have a bull horn as far as I can tell, but there were plenty of cops around, all watching and laughing.  Is this...a thing now?
 
2014-04-11 09:35:49 AM  
Apparently NY has had a no masks in public law since 1845 - an interesting history involving suppression of armed uprisings by tenant farmers.

Used against the KKK and Occupy Wall Street
 
2014-04-11 09:36:10 AM  

Boo_Guy: Cheron: Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?

VIRGINIA Section 18.2-422:
Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; exceptions.
It shall be unlawful for any person over sixteen years of age while wearing any mask, hood or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, to be or appear in any public place, or upon any private property in this Commonwealth without first having obtained from the owner or tenant thereof consent to do so in writing. However, the provisions of this section shall not apply to persons (i) wearing traditional holiday costumes; (ii) engaged in professions, trades, employment or other activities and wearing protective masks which are deemed necessary for the physical safety of the wearer or other persons; (iii) engaged in any bona fide theatrical production or masquerade ball; or (iv) wearing a mask, hood or other device for bona fide medical reasons upon the advice of a licensed physician or osteopath and carrying on his person an affidavit from the physician or osteopath specifying the medical necessity for wearing the device and the date on which the wearing of the device will no longer be necessary and providing a brief description of the device. The violation of any provisions of this section shall constitute a Class 6 felony.

So all the muslim women in that area are in jail then too?  I don't see a religious exemption in that blurb.

fark the laws are getting loopy...  getting ha,  they've been that way for awhile now,  but wow.


I am impressed that someone from Canuckistan is familiar with Commonwealth law.
 
2014-04-11 09:38:05 AM  
Ooops, it was Cheron that posted that. Are you from the Old Dominion?

/Representin' the 540
 
2014-04-11 09:38:25 AM  
Too bad he didn't just jump out and startle a victim that was packing a gun and an itchy trigger finger.
 
2014-04-11 09:38:37 AM  

BLeap: Cheron: Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?

VIRGINIA Section 18.2-422:
Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; exceptions.
It shall be unlawful for any person over sixteen years of age while wearing any mask, hood or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, to be or appear in any public place, or upon any private property in this Commonwealth without first having obtained from the owner or tenant thereof consent to do so in writing. However, the provisions of this section shall not apply to persons (i) wearing traditional holiday costumes; (ii) engaged in professions, trades, employment or other activities and wearing protective masks which are deemed necessary for the physical safety of the wearer or other persons; (iii) engaged in any bona fide theatrical production or masquerade ball; or (iv) wearing a mask, hood or other device for bona fide medical reasons upon the advice of a licensed physician or osteopath and carrying on his person an affidavit from the physician or osteopath specifying the medical necessity for wearing the device and the date on which the wearing of the device will no longer be necessary and providing a brief description of the device. The violation of any provisions of this section shall constitute a Class 6 felony.

So if I'm reading this right, if I ever visit Virginia, I can't have me hood up or put a ski mask on if I go out for a walk.  That seems a little extreme.


I didn't know about this, however I walk around the neighborhood in the fall with my hoodie on and hood up and so far I haven't been arrested.
 
2014-04-11 09:40:23 AM  
I think there may be some historical precedent for Virginia prohibiting masks in public.

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2014-04-11 09:41:04 AM  
I wish the fark they would arrest more of the oblivious assholes walking around with hoodies up with earphones on, walking into the street with no situational awareness at all.

/farking pedestrians.
 
2014-04-11 09:41:29 AM  

dkimball: Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?

Just shows the stupidity of laws in the country and how we aren't really "free".  How in the hell would anyone know that's illegal?  It is just in that town, in that county, in the state, or a federal crime?


It was enacted to suppress KKK activity


/No matter how abhorrent their views are the 1st Amendment still protects their right to them.
 
2014-04-11 09:42:46 AM  

Lee451: Boo_Guy: Cheron: Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?

VIRGINIA Section 18.2-422:
Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; exceptions.
It shall be unlawful for any person over sixteen years of age while wearing any mask, hood or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, to be or appear in any public place, or upon any private property in this Commonwealth without first having obtained from the owner or tenant thereof consent to do so in writing. However, the provisions of this section shall not apply to persons (i) wearing traditional holiday costumes; (ii) engaged in professions, trades, employment or other activities and wearing protective masks which are deemed necessary for the physical safety of the wearer or other persons; (iii) engaged in any bona fide theatrical production or masquerade ball; or (iv) wearing a mask, hood or other device for bona fide medical reasons upon the advice of a licensed physician or osteopath and carrying on his person an affidavit from the physician or osteopath specifying the medical necessity for wearing the device and the date on which the wearing of the device will no longer be necessary and providing a brief description of the device. The violation of any provisions of this section shall constitute a Class 6 felony.

So all the muslim women in that area are in jail then too?  I don't see a religious exemption in that blurb.

fark the laws are getting loopy...  getting ha,  they've been that way for awhile now,  but wow.

I am impressed that someone from Canuckistan is familiar with Commonwealth law.


Oh I know all the laws...

Except I don't,  it was a quote from another farker upthread.
 
2014-04-11 09:43:16 AM  

BLeap: Cheron: Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?

VIRGINIA Section 18.2-422:
Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; exceptions.
It shall be unlawful for any person over sixteen years of age while wearing any mask, hood or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, to be or appear in any public place, or upon any private property in this Commonwealth without first having obtained from the owner or tenant thereof consent to do so in writing. However, the provisions of this section shall not apply to persons (i) wearing traditional holiday costumes; (ii) engaged in professions, trades, employment or other activities and wearing protective masks which are deemed necessary for the physical safety of the wearer or other persons; (iii) engaged in any bona fide theatrical production or masquerade ball; or (iv) wearing a mask, hood or other device for bona fide medical reasons upon the advice of a licensed physician or osteopath and carrying on his person an affidavit from the physician or osteopath specifying the medical necessity for wearing the device and the date on which the wearing of the device will no longer be necessary and providing a brief description of the device. The violation of any provisions of this section shall constitute a Class 6 felony.

So if I'm reading this right, if I ever visit Virginia, I can't have me hood up or put a ski mask on if I go out for a walk.  That seems a little extreme.


The law is seldom enforced but it is there if they want to use it.
 
2014-04-11 09:43:25 AM  
But you already figured that out =D
 
2014-04-11 09:44:41 AM  
I lol'd
 
2014-04-11 09:44:55 AM  

Boo_Guy: Lee451: Boo_Guy: Cheron: Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?

VIRGINIA Section 18.2-422:
Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; exceptions.
It shall be unlawful for any person over sixteen years of age while wearing any mask, hood or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, to be or appear in any public place, or upon any private property in this Commonwealth without first having obtained from the owner or tenant thereof consent to do so in writing. However, the provisions of this section shall not apply to persons (i) wearing traditional holiday costumes; (ii) engaged in professions, trades, employment or other activities and wearing protective masks which are deemed necessary for the physical safety of the wearer or other persons; (iii) engaged in any bona fide theatrical production or masquerade ball; or (iv) wearing a mask, hood or other device for bona fide medical reasons upon the advice of a licensed physician or osteopath and carrying on his person an affidavit from the physician or osteopath specifying the medical necessity for wearing the device and the date on which the wearing of the device will no longer be necessary and providing a brief description of the device. The violation of any provisions of this section shall constitute a Class 6 felony.

So all the muslim women in that area are in jail then too?  I don't see a religious exemption in that blurb.

fark the laws are getting loopy...  getting ha,  they've been that way for awhile now,  but wow.

I am impressed that someone from Canuckistan is familiar with Commonwealth law.

Oh I know all the laws...

Except I don't,  it was a quote from another farker upthread.


I realized that after I had posted.
 
2014-04-11 09:48:29 AM  

Lee451: /No matter how abhorrent their views are the 1st Amendment still protects their right to them.


Yes.  The problem is, the first amendment doesn't give them the right to beat and/or kill people, set crosses on fire in peoples yards, etc.
 
2014-04-11 09:51:12 AM  
It's been done many,

many,

many times before.
 
2014-04-11 09:51:29 AM  

Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?


In the 25th Century it was a crime on one planet not to wear one.
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-04-11 09:59:26 AM  

Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?


Same time it became perfectly legal for police to murder one victim, and shoot another, of a stabbing.. along with hundreds of other people, but was just citing recent events.
 
2014-04-11 10:02:27 AM  

TheMega: Spad31: Wait...charged with wearing a mask in public? When the hell did that become a crime?

Same time it became perfectly legal for police to murder one victim, and shoot another, of a stabbing.. along with hundreds of other people, but was just citing recent events.


*COUGH*1950
 
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