People Are Railing On A Police Department After They Used These ‘Racist’ Costumes This Past Halloween…

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Ohio police have landed themselves in hot water dressing their horses up for Halloween.

Sheriff Frank Leonbruno of the Lake County, Ohio police department is having to defend his officers after some members of the public were confused and offended by the costumes seen on their horses on Halloween.

Authorities decided to take part in the spooky season by draping white cloths over their Mounted Unit horses with holes cut out for their eyes and ears to resemble ghosts, according to the Daily Mail.

People get to dress up every year for October 31 and animals are often left out of the fun, so you can imagine why it would have been a laugh to get these horses looking like ghosts.

“The riders thought what a great idea to have big ghosts going down the street,” Sheriff Frank told FOX 8.

“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,” he added.

But after photos of the fun costumes made the rounds in the community, many residents likened the horses’ costumes to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

In addition to the horses draped with white sheets, the Mounted Unit horses were also covered with orange pumpkin lights that were much more family-friendly.

One resident told local station Fox 8: “Is there nobody on staff that is like, ‘This is not a good idea?’ A sheriff’s office should be out there protecting people, and if I saw that on my street, I would be terrified.”

Another added: “You go back and look at pictures of the Ku Klux Klan, it’s like the exact replica of what the horses looked like.”

People also took to Twitter to voice their concerns as one person wrote: “Lets not act like they DONT LOOK LIKE KKK COSTUMES ..its always no big deal to people who it doesn’t affect. Ghost my a**.”

Another said: “Before I even read the caption, the first thing came to my mind was why they got these horses dressed like klan horses.”

While another commented: “That was no mistake.”

“I’m sorry that perception was there. It was never our intention to do that,” the Sheriff apologized, saying that the pumpkin lights around the horses should have been enough to help anyone discern between a ghost horse on Halloween and a racist horse.

“I certainly didn’t see any Klan members decorated for Halloween,” he said.

Watch the video report below for more details:

Sources: AWM, DailyMail, FOX 8

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