OPELOUSAS, La. (WCMH) – Captain Clay Higgins has resigned from the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The surprise announcement came late this morning during an impromptu press conference which was broadcast live on Facebook.
The popular public information officer’s resignation comes after a controversial video was made about the “Gremlin” gang. In the video, Higgins named each of the suspects, calling them thugs, animals and heathens and promised to hunt them down, trap them and shoot them if faced with a firearm.
The sheriff’s office received backlash due to the video, which was released on February 17, from the ACLU and several other community organizations.
St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz later told KLFY-TV that Higgins had been warned in the past about his other videos.
“My orders to Higgins was to, ‘tone down’ his unprofessional comments on our weekly Crime Stoppers messages and had nothing to do with the Gremlins video that appeared on the networks. I agree with the Gremlins video. First of all; I repeatedly told him to stop saying things like, ‘you have no brain cells, or making comments that were totally disrespectful and demeaning. Second; Clay Higgins appeared on the cover of a local magazine in full dress uniform without my approval and permission. That too is something he didn’t like me controlling.”
Guidroz added that all messages from the sheriff’s office to the public should be “professional, on point, and truthful.”
Higgins said his decision to step down was reached after a long conversation with Sheriff Bobby Guidroz.