Mississippi county bans clowns until after Halloween
DEKALB, Miss. - A Mississippi county has had enough of the creepy clown craze, at least until after Halloween.
Kemper County supervisors this week banned people from wearing any clown costume, mask or makeup in public. The local law carries a $150 penalty, and it will be lifted Nov. 1.
Supervisors President Johnny Whitsett says it's a matter of public safety because people could react badly if they get scared by a clown in their yard.
The county along the Alabama line has a population of about 10,000.
Lee Rowland, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney in New York, says the First Amendment protects most clothing choices. She also says it's "a ridiculous use of government authority .... to dictate which Halloween costumes people can wear."
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