Officials balk at policy to deter robberies

VENICE, Fla. (AP) - The Venice City Council has declined to recommend that banks adopt a "no hats, no hoods, no sunglasses" policy to deter robberies.

The Herald-Tribune reports that at least three bank robberies occurred in the Venice area last year in which the culprits concealed their faces - including one robber who wore an Albert Einstein mask.

The city administration and police department suggested the council adopt a resolution, rather than a law, in support of the Florida Bankers Association's recommendation that banks enact the policy.

Some council members expressed concerns that, if enacted as a law, the requirement would have violated the civil rights of those whose religion requires them to wear head garments.

Council members tied on the vote, so the proposal didn't pass.


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