Ex-Georgia Sheriff Quits State Post After Ku Klux Klan Photo Resurfaces

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A erstwhile Georgia sheriff has resigned a authorities presumption aft a photograph of him appearing successful the robes of the Ku Klux Klan surfaced — again. 

Roger Garrison, who was sheriff of Cherokee County for 20 years until 2016, resigned earlier this week from the probe sheet of the watchdog Judicial Qualifications Commission, reported The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was appointed Aug. 19.

“Sheriff Garrison has resigned from the JQC,” a spokesperson for Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R) told the newspaper. “The talker volition name a replacement arsenic soon arsenic practical.” No different details were offered.

“Everybody knows everything astir my life. I conscionable inquire that they look astatine my grant and my integrity and the things we’ve done for this Sheriff’s Office.”

Roger Garrison, erstwhile Cherokee County sheriff resigns from State Watchdog Agency aft KKK costume photograph surfaces. @CBS46 pic.twitter.com/CRTBnvIvZh

— shon gables cbs46 (@shongables) August 27, 2021

The decades-old photograph of Garrison and a friend, some successful KKK robes and drinking beer, sparked contention erstwhile it archetypal surfaced successful 2012.

Garrison said astatine the clip that it was a Halloween costume helium wore astatine a party successful his 20s and that helium had nary affiliation with the achromatic supremacy group. He said that helium and a pal were depicting a country from the Mel Brooks satire “Blazing Saddles.”

“I don’t contradict it wasn’t stupid, looking backmost now,” Garrison said then. “But determination again I say, ‘What 21- oregon 22-year-old successful this satellite hasn’t made immoderate anserine mistakes?’”

“I would conscionable inquire that they look astatine my grant and my integrity and the things we’ve done for this Sheriff’s Office,” helium said.

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