Georgia Sheriff Says KKK Outfit Was a “Halloween Costume”

June 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM 3 comments

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. —  Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison said he has no affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, despite old photos that surfaced showing him wearing a robe and hood.

He wore the costume to a Halloween party around 25 years ago, long before he took office.

“I don’t deny it wasn’t stupid, looking back now, but there again I say what 21- or 22-year-old in this world hasn’t made some stupid mistakes?” Garrison told Channel 2 investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer, who obtained the photos from a source who wished to remain anonymous.


Check out the photo:

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Someone put an awful lot of effort into putting these “costumes” together if indeed they were for Halloween, which I don’t believe for a minute.  I mean, it’s not like they’re sheets with a hole torn in them for the neck opening.  They have sleeves, what looks like a nice turned-in “hem” around the neck and those hoods. Those hoods weren’t slapped together either.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. quinersdiner  |  June 25, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    You know, there are some things that just aren’t funny. Giving the sheriff the benefit of the doubt still doesn’t excuse the insensitivity of wearing this “costume.” I’m glad you posted this as a reminder that racial sensitivities take a very long time to heal.

  • 2. Say It Ain't So Already  |  June 25, 2012 at 4:53 PM


  • 3. JC for pennies  |  June 26, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    He admits he was young and foolish, and they’re both holding beers. They do appear to be partying. I MIGHT give him the benefit of the doubt. But I’d have to know more about the situation before passing a damning judgement.

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