OPELOUSAS, La. (WGNO) – Clay Higgins, the large than life sheriff’s captain who made St. Landry Parish Crime Stoppers videos viral, announced his resignation Monday on the steps of the parish courthouse. Higgins was nicknamed the ‘Cajun John Wayne’ for his no-nonsense delivery style, and often speaking directly to the suspects promising redemption if they turned themselves in.
“I was not forced to resign. He [the sheriff] did not ask for my resignation,” Higgins began Monday.
He said he felt he needed to turn in his badge, which the sheriff accepted.
“I will not knee to violent street gangs. I will not knee to murders or to the parents who raised them. I will not knee to a discredited black activist who doesn’t really have the best interest of his own people in mind — he just wants to make a profit,” Higgins said. “I will not knee to bureaucrats in Baton Rouge or Washington or anywhere else. They have forgotten why they wear a badge and who they serve.
Higgins went on to say, he would die rather than sacrifice his principles.
“So if I’d sacrifice my life then surely you understand why I must sacrifice my job,” Higgins said. “It saddens me that I feel compelled to do so because I love my sheriff. I admire my sheriff. I respect him. He’s a good man with a good heart.”
Adding, “Although I’d take a bullet for my sheriff although I’d stand with him against any peril. I can not abide by his current orders. I’m sorry, I just can’t.”
Higgins’ announcement comes on the heels of his most recent video he made about seven suspected members of the Gremlins Gang.
KATC reports that the ACLU took issue with Higgins’ video, and several people identifying themselves as family members of the accused gang members said they felt their relatives were in danger because of the segment.
Sheriff Bobby Guidroz was quoted in the Daily World after the Gremlins video aired, saying Crime Stoppers had gotten away from its original message, and he didn’t like calling out suspects and criticizing people.
Guidroz promised to “reign” the segment back into where he felt it needed to be.
Today was Higgins’ first public appearance since Guidroz made those comments.
Higgins’ future, he says he has options and will remain a constable.