Brooksville – A Brooksville man is behind bars today after showing up at a protest at the Hernando County Courthouse while wearing a hockey mask.
The man with the mask painted with a Confederate flag was part of a protest in support of keeping the statue of a Confederate soldier outside of the courthouse.
When confronted by Brooksville Police and informed that it is against Florida Law to wear a mask in public, Ryan Hawks responded,
“You want me to remove the mask, Good luck with that!”
After two warnings about wearing the mask in public, Hawks was taken into custody and charged with wearing a mask in a public way. (Violation of Fla Statute 876.12).
Florida Statutes 876.12 – Wearing mask, hood, or other device on public way. — No person or persons over 16 years of age shall, while wearing any mask, hood, or device whereby any portion of the face is so hidden, concealed, or covered as to conceal the identity of the wearer, enter upon, or be or appear upon any lane, walk, alley, street, road, highway, or other public way in this state.