Philadelphia on Thursday passed a new law that bans ski masks and other face coverings in public after a slew of crimes committed by suspects wearing masks.

Philadelphia banned the use of ski masks, and other facial coverings within the city because the majority of crimes have been committed there by people wearing them.

FOX29 reports that the vote was passed with 13-2, despite some opposition.

Councilmember Anthony Phillips stated: “We need to send the message that masks do not serve any public or private purpose when they only create anxiety and fear.”

Police in Philadelphia are searching for four men who attempted to steal a ATM with a gun at the point of a Philadelphia Police Department



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New law bans the wearing of ski masks at parks, schools or on public transport. Anyone caught wearing a mask could be fined $250 or $2,000 for committing a criminal offense.

Some religious exceptions are allowed by the law.

Law enforcement has a wide range of support for it. The ACLU and other opponents have said that the law could violate youths’ rights to free speech and target them unfairly.



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Now the bill is on its way to Mayor James Kenney for his signature.

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