'POOR EXECUTION': Ohio cops slammed after horses' ghost costume for Halloween resembles KKK attire
The horses were covered in white sheets with holes cut out for their eyes and ears, and were decked out in bright orange pumpkin lights
LAKE COUNTY, OHIO: The horses of the Ohio Police Department were decked up as ghosts for Halloween. They were covered in large white sheets on Monday, October 31, with proper cuts for their noses, eyes, and ears. However, residents of the locality claimed they resembled the attire of the equine members of the Ku Klux Klan.
One of the residents who spoke to local station Fox 8 stated, "That was poor execution for a ghost. You go back and look at pictures of the Ku Klux Klan, it's like the replica of what the horses looked like." Lake County Sheriff Frank Leonbruno responded to the allegations by saying, “So, the riders thought, ‘What a great idea to have big ghosts going down the street."
However, Katelynn Gurbach, one of the residents, asked, "Is there nobody on staff that is like, this is not a good idea?" According to DailyMail, a resident stated, "A sheriff's office should be out there protecting people, and if I saw that on my street, I would be terrified. I was shocked, and I'm embarrassed." The local sheriffs believed that it would be a great idea to dress the horses up as ghosts.
Frank also said, "What a great idea to have big ghosts going down the street. As the horses went down the street, they were lit up for Halloween. To tell you the truth, the community loved it, kids said they were great ghost horses." The controversy began only when the officers posted pictures of horses on the official social media handles of the police department. There were plenty of positive comments in the comment box, but the department nevertheless decided to remove the pictures in the face of heavy criticism. Lake County Sheriff Frank said, "I didn't want it to go the wrong way." He added, "I certainly didn't see any Klan members decorated for Halloween. I’m sorry that perception was there. It was never our intention to do that," according to WTRF.
Meanwhile, a bunch of white teens from Utah were slammed for an alleged 'hate crime' after they were seen donning blackface and wearing prison attire for Halloween, as reported by MEAWW. The video showed three boys with their hands and faces painted black, and a fourth from the group was seen wearing a mock police uniform. A voice behind the camera can be heard saying in the TikTok video, "You guys are not going to get into a college. You guys will not get any scholarships because this is a hate crime." One of the teenagers said it didn't matter because they didn't attend school. "We all dropped out of high school; it's OK," the teen chuckled. The woman behind the camera, however, replied, "I still don't think it's appropriate for you guys to be doing this. It's not funny."