An Oklahoma mayor told NBC News Monday that her husband "meant no harm" when he and a few friends dressed up as Ku Klux Klan members on Halloween and placed a cross beside a fire, NBC News reported.
A photo of the men was posted online, where it quickly triggered intense criticism and cries of bigotry. The image, which was taken by someone who called the police, Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles told NBC News, shows two men clad in white hoods standing beside a cross.
Lahoma Mayor Theresa Sharp, 47, said the outcry has also included calls for her resignation.
"I have no intention of doing so," she said, adding that her husband, Cary Sharp, 47, had simply made "some very bad choices."