They should have been arrested.
Is it because you erroneously believe that whatever you want things to be is what they are? Do you realize if you enter the wrong place masked, someone there can shoot and kill you?! In fact, you can get 10 years in prison in Canada for it. You don't even know the laws where you live!!!
Here's part of the DC code. Your funny friends there in Canada would have been arrested in DC for doing it.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Washington, D.C.)
§ 22-3312.03. Wearing hoods or masks.
(a) No person or persons over 16 years of age, while wearing any mask, hood, or device whereby any portion of the face is hidden, concealed, or covered as to conceal the identity of the wearer, shall:
(1) Enter upon, be, or appear upon any lane, walk, alley, street, road highway, or other public way in the District of Columbia;
(2) Enter upon, be, or appear upon or within the public property of the District of Columbia; or
(3) Hold any manner of meeting or demonstration.
Police are very prone to shoot a masked person quicker than one who isn't, even in Canada where they shot one wearing Guy Fawkes mask.
should be able to distiguish between wearing a mask AND wearing a mask while committing a crime.
Surely you can't be THAT confused. Can you?
Some reading for you
What constitutes a mask?
According to the Criminal Code, disguising your face means putting a covering over it or colouring it to conceal your identity.
Critics of Bill C-309 are concerned that the definition of a "disguise" could be unilaterally extended to include things like handkerchiefs, which some protesters use to protect themselves in the event that police deploy tear gas.
It is already illegal to take part in a riot, but Bill C-309 would create a separate offence criminalizing the use of a mask while participating in such an action.
Section 351 of the Criminal Code, under the heading "Disguise with intent," states that "Every one who, with intent to commit an indictable offence, has his face masked or coloured or is otherwise disguised is guilty of an indictable offence."
Wear all the masks you want...Just don't wear them while committing an offence..that means an "offense" other than wearing a mask.
I can explain something TO you, I can't understand something FOR you.