City Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) wants to ban mask wearing on public roads.
The ire of the soon to be former councilor is aimed at left-wing protesters. McCarthy's request for a hearing would specifically call for barring "the wearing of a mask, hood or other device to conceal any portion of the face to conceal the identity of the wearer upon or within Public Property in Boston."
McCarthy says the final draft of any proposal would specifically exempt kids wearing face-concealing masks on Halloween, clowns and mascots such as Wally the Green Monster.
The council will consider McCarthy's proposal for a hearing on the matter at its regular Wednesday meeting. The proposal would then be sent to "the appropriate committee" for consideration, which in this case likely means the Committee on Public Safety, which McCarthy will chair at least until his term ends Dec. 31. The council's meeting begins at noon in its fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.
Separately, at-large Councilor Althea Garrison has filed a resolution asking her fellow councilors to pledge their "unwavering" support not just to Boston Police, but to the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association - the police union.
In his proposal, McCarthy angrily denounces protesters from out of town who, he says, came to Boston on Aug. 31 not to protest racists, homophobes and just all around Nazis but to conceal themselves as they ran riot through the streets of Boston: "They were here to cause violence [and] they were here to attack Boston police officers, attack the city of Boston itself."
McCarthy says nine of them were charged with assaulting a police officer; his proposed measure does not mention the majority of the protesters arrested will have their charges dropped by the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, now that a Supreme Judicial Court justice has ruled judges cannot tell a DA whom to prosecute, and DA Rachael Rollins has said she feels these protesters had their First Amendment rights violated.
Wally photo source.