Republican National Convention Lifts Ban on 'Hoods' After Trayvon Martin’s Death


This is just goofy, as is the extensive list of stuff that still is banned. And who is is that would be confused or "conflicted" and by what?

The city of Tampa's initial ordinance for heightened security at the upcoming Republican National Convention looked slightly different than its final version today.

The first draft made it illegal for any person visiting the convention to wear "any mask, hood or device whereby any portion of the face is hidden, concealed or covered." But in the final draft, the word "hood" is no longer there.

Mauricio Rodriguez, assistant city attorney for Tampa, tells Whispers that the word was taken out because of the February death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen who was wearing a hoodie when he was shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla.

"With the recent incident out of Sanford, we reviewed the ordinance," says Rodriguez. "And we decided to remove 'hood' because we didn't want there to be confusion or conflict."

Hoodies, he says. will now be permitted on the convention grounds.