An Oklahoma mayor’s husband dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit for Halloween while allegedly drinking and possibly burning a cross with his friends.
The mayor dismissed the event, calling it a ‘prank.’
Ha ha ha, they were just some fun-lovin’ good ol’ boys out creating mischief in KKK robes.
Also, Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles described the Saturday night event near Lahoma as a “Halloween prank gone bad,” according to Enid News.
Cary Kent Sharp, 47, the husband of Lahoma Mayor Theresa Sharp, is listed as a suspect in the report.
Lahoma Police Chief Matt Hankins said Sharp was not charged.
“It was a prank gone bad,” Mayor Sharp said.
“I was out trick-or-treating with my son, and I in no way support the activities that occurred,” the mayor said.
Cary Sharp went to to say that her husband didn’t mean any harm.
“This is ridiculous, really,” Cary Sharp said. “It was a Halloween night.”
A woman reported seeing people dressed as KKK members and burning a cross at 10:20 p.m. Saturday.
Niles said the woman was very upset.
“Hankins and I tried to explain to the woman that although in poor taste, the Constitution protects freedom of speech and that we can’t make them stop,” Deputy Moore wrote in the report. “This further irritated the woman.”
When Deputy Moore arrived on the scene, Sharp was dressed in a white robe with a large cross on it but no hood, according to the report.
Well at least he didn’t have the hood on.
“I advised the group why I was there, and that although I know it was a joke that they save them and myself anymore headaches to not burn anymore crosses,” Moore added in the report.
According to Niles, the mayor’s husband and adult friends were involved in the strange gathering.
“There was no cross that burned,” Sharp said. “It was held behind the fire to look like it was burning, but there was no fire. The pictures we’ve seen claimed they were burning one, but there was not one burnt.”
Niles said the incident involved “bad decision making” and “very poor judgment.”
You don’t say.
Watch courtesy of News 9:
“It was done in very, very poor taste,” Niles said. “It brings up bad images of things that 99.9 percent of Americans, especially Oklahomans, are adamantly against. We’re all Americans, born and raised here, and we have a responsibility to honor the Constitution and the rights of others and feelings of others.”
Cary Sharp told News 9 they thought it would be funny to cut holes in sheets and dress up like members of the KKK.
Again, we’re back to that part of it not being funny.
“Sit around the bonfire and drink a couple of beers and thought well my buddy his last name is White and the subject got brung (sic) up. We just thought it’d be something to do and it’s not something to do,” Cary Sharp said. “I am embarrassed. I’ve shamed my family and friends and I apologize for that.”
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