Courts & Crime

Law aimed at KKK puts man in jail for wearing mask on Halloween

A 20-year-old North Carolina man was arrested on Halloween night for wearing a mask in public.

Authorities said he was no trick-or-treater.

Lawrence Marqueal Rogers now faces one count of wearing a mask/hood in the public ways, according to documents filed in the Wake County Magistrate's Office.

The law dates back to the 1950s and was aimed at deterring members of the Ku Klux Klan from wearing hoods.

Spotted on Halloween with a red bandanna "concealing everything but the eyes," Rogers was first warned by Zebulon police and then issued a citation, the warrants state.

After Rogers placed the bandanna back on his face and began walking away, he was arrested, authorities said.

Rogers is being held in the Wake County jail in lieu of $7,500 bail.

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