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Video: After KKK Photo, An Apology

"Those pictures do not represent the Roger Garrison of today or of that time," Cherokee Sheriff Roger Garrison said. "It was a stupid mistake made by a 21-year-old."

Four days after WSB-TV showed a nearly 30-year-old photograph of Cherokee Sheriff Roger Garrison at a Halloween costume party in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe, the county's top law enforcement official sat down with Canton-Sixes Patch this morning to tell his side of the story.

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Concerned For Cherokee June 29, 2012 at 04:06 AM
OMGoodness! The Patch doesn't give me enough room to rebuttle this REDICULOUS joke! Let's start with video 8- all that video was was nothing but slander toward David Waters, yet he says in previous videos that "David" exposed this picture as a pitiful attempt by a desperate politician who can't run a race based on the issues. Hello pot?!? Next, Roger states SEVERAL times in video 5 that this was 27-30 years ago. Yet his website, http://www.sheriffrogergarrison.com/profile, says “More than 30 years in law enforcement” so which is it- you were or were not in law enforcement? It can’t be both! Also, if he isn't a racist, then someone explain to me why he has promoted several men and women to his command staff without experience, yet to the best of my knowledge, the ONLY African American given the position of Captain was around 1995 and it was publicized in the local papers because at that time he was being accused of being a racist because he never had an African American Leiutenant, Captain, etc? And she had no experience, and couldn’t do the job, so she left. But you’ve never “found” another “person of color” (as you refer to African Americans) worthy of such a distinguished title? Wake up people! This is just as ridiculous as Bill Clinton’s lies!!
Rodney Thrash June 29, 2012 at 04:14 AM
A few points of clarification, Concerned for Cherokee and others. 1) It is a violation of the terms of service to use only an alias. We know that people will not follow the rules, but we have to remind readers/viewers of this often. 2) Sheriff Garrison clearly stated that he was with one of two agencies at the time: the Canton Police Department or the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. 3) I'm African American, and people of color was a reference to all groups of color: Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, etc.
Concerned For Cherokee June 29, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Thank you Rodney- I had seen it posted several times that Roger was not in law enforcement during that time. And for the People of Color remark, I will say I misread and was thinking of another remark. My apologies.
Rico June 29, 2012 at 07:22 PM
If this is the same John Konop of controlcongress.com I used to be a loyal follower and caller of the show. I am surprised that John doesn't want to control local career politicians. I wonder what John thinks about the black balloon?
Rico June 29, 2012 at 07:40 PM
The sheriff says he has a "Perfect 20 year record" ? Okay, after watching the videos I still didn't hear a response to the "Black Balloon" and it's signifigance. I don't recall a black balloon in Blazing saddles.

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