In a shocking press statement, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office Captain Clay Higgins has announced his resignation.
According to KLFY, Higgins, known for his tough-talking Louisiana drawl and Crime Stoppers appearances that personally call out criminals, put in his resignation, citing his being unable to follow the orders given by Sheriff Bobby Guidroz.
When speaking of sacrificing his position on behalf of his principles, Higgins said that it saddened him to have to make such a decision.
“I love my Sheriff”, Higgins said. “I admire my Sheriff. I respect him, he’s a good man with a good heart. Although I’d take a bullet for my Sheriff, although I’d stand with him against any peril- I cannot abide by his current orders. I’m sorry, I just can’t.”
In a statement to the media, St. Landry Parish Sheriff Guidroz explained his orders to Higgins:
“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 also said it was his duty to ensure all messages from his office to the public be “professional, on point, and truthful” and that if Higgins could not obey orders, he was correct to resign.
Higgins took some fire for his calling out of the local Gremlin Gang in a recent video, referring to them as “animals” and stating that anyone who opposed his officers with violence would be fired upon.
The sheriff’s office received backlash due to the video -released on February 17th- from the ACLU and several other community organizations.
While a representative for the St. Landry Parish Crime Stoppers board confirmed Higgins will no longer be the spokesperson for Crime Stoppers, Higgins said that he would remain a spokesperson for Acadian Ambulance.