“Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, while in disguise, including while wearing a mask, injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both.”
I’m not convinced this is such a great idea.
It’s already illegal if someone cracks you over the head with a bike lock, whether they’re in disguise or not. I’d hate to think the guy who cracks my skull open will get a lighter sentence because he wasn’t wearing a mask.
The cops should be arresting people for crimes committed. Wearing a disguise is not a crime. Why would the crime be more severe if they wore a mask?
Do bank robbers get harsher sentences because they tried to conceal their identity?
Is any crime deemed more severe if you attempt to conceal your identity? Don’t all smart criminals try to evade identification?
How can this be implemented without it being a violation of your right to go outside wearing a mask? How about flamboyant makeup? A wig? A fake nose? Freddie Mercury teeth?
I’m keeping an open mind on this one. Convince me I’m wrong.