Adena Tessler, public safety deputy for Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski, said the council and the city attorney would make sure that any final proposal would take into account First Amendment protections. She said that officers who are given the power to tell protesters to remove hoods probably would be less likely to throw bottles or engage in other illegal activities.
Sobel said recent rulings have underscored the right of protesters to wear masks. Besides, she said, why is it so important to get the laws in place before the NBA game?
“Has there been anywhere in the country,” she asked, “where there has been a riot after an all-star game?”