A sheriff in Georgia now regrets the Halloween costume he wore more than 20 years ago. Old photos have surfaced of Cherokee County’s sheriff wearing the white robe of the KKK.
Sheriff Roger Garrison says what was supposed to be a funny costume at a Halloween party back in the 1980’s doesn’t seem so funny now.
“I don’t think anyone who knows me is going to think anything of this, but it’s just sickening. It’s sickening, and it hurts my family,” said Garrison.
Garrison says he and a friend donned the Ku Klux Klan robes and hoods to copy a scene from the movie, “Blazing Saddles.”
He said he’s never espoused any of the KKK’s beliefs.
His opponent, David Waters, says someone showed him the photos a year ago, but he chose to ignore them and focus on his own campaign.
“It is a bad judgment call, and those type clothing represents hate, and I certainly don’t want any part of that,” said Waters.
Garrison says neither does he.
“I would just ask that they look at my honor and my integrity and the things we’ve done for this sheriff’s office,” he said. “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."