Clay Higgins, the brash, outspoken captain of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s office, resigned Monday after he appeared in a viral video calling a group of predominantly black gang members “animals.”
Higgins, a God-fearing man of the law with a deep southern drawl, had appeared in a series of widely popular “crime stoppers” videos that drew in millions of viewers. His tough-talking, straight-shooting approach made him a folk hero in Opelousas, La., and earned him a cult following online.
“You can run but you can’t hide,” Higgins said in one video, addressing his quarry with a hand resting on the grip of his pistol. “We will find you.”
Higgins’s resignation came 10 days after a video circulated online through the Acadiana, La., ABC affiliate KATC in which he called for wanted members of the Gremlins gang to turn themselves in.
Addressing the suspected criminals, Higgins called the alleged gang-members “thugs,” “heathens,” and “animals.”
Gee, that’s too damn bad, right? Naturally, these brash sentiments drew the ire of one of the two foremost anti-real-American organizations in the country, the ACLU (the other is the Southern Poverty Law Center):
Higgins’s tough talk quickly attracted criticism from the Louisiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
“We live in a system of laws, and there are legal rights that apply to everyone,” the ACLU said in a statement sent to KATC. “It is the job of law enforcement to protect those rights while also keeping our communities safe. Nothing that Mr. Higgins said will make his community safer, but there is much to suggest violations of fundamental rights of all. . .In doing so he must honor the laws of this country, or he is unfit to serve.”
And people wonder why Trump is leading in the polls…
Here’s the video of the “Cajun John Wayne.” Let the ACLU know what you think:
Read more here, including Higgins’ statement:
Higgins says he was not forced to resign, but he felt he needed to turn in his badge.
“I will not kneel to violent street gangs. I will not kneel to murderers or the parents that raised them. I will not kneel to a discredited, wanna-be, black activist that doesn’t really have the best interest of his people in mind,” says Higgins.
Higgins said he loves Sheriff Bobby Guidroz but he can’t abide by his current orders.
“I would die rather than sacrifice my principles,” Higgins says. “I would leave my wife without a husband, my children without a daddy, rather than kneel to the very forces of evil that I have so long stood against.”
The announcement comes just a week after Higgins was told to turn down the tough talk in his viral videos.
Note to the ACLU: this has nothing to do with race. Watch any Warner Bros. movie of the 1930s and you’ll hear the cops referring to the gangsters of the period as animals as well. Or just ask Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll where he got his nickname.