A “no-go” zone has descended on New York for black sweats for children in the city, prompting local authorities to ban them from wearing the garments in public, a spokeswoman for the New York Civil Liberties Union told Reuters.
New York City is in the midst of a nationwide “Black Hijab Campaign,” in which businesses across the country have been forced to prohibit the sale of the garments.
“Black sweats” are made by a women’s fashion company called Hijabi Dress, which sells the products in stores like Macy’s, Sears, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and J.C. Penney.
But the ban on the garments has sparked outrage in some parts of the United States, including some parts in Brooklyn.
A spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Association told Reuters that the group is looking into the issue.
The group’s statement on the matter said: “The NYPD’s actions go well beyond its usual response to protests and demonstrations.
It is an attack on the fundamental principle of free speech and assembly and is a direct assault on the right to exercise our right to free association and to assemble peacefully.”
The NYPD said the city has made the decision to prohibit black sweats in public.
“It is the responsibility of the NYPD to protect the rights of all New Yorkers to wear their attire in public,” a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio told Reuters, adding that the NYPD has “no plans to enforce the ban.”
“The NYPD is reviewing all of its policies and procedures to determine how best to implement the ordinance.
This is a very complicated issue and we will review it closely,” the spokesman added.