The captain of the Louisiana Sheriff, who released a fight video earlier this month that generated millions of views, resigned on Monday.
A Louisiana police chief, who released a fight video earlier this month targeting alleged gang members, has generated millions of views and been singled out by the American Civil Liberties Union. quoted resigned on Monday.
During a press conference, Clay Higgins told reporters he was “not forced” to resign, but “rather, I handed in my badge as a matter of conscience.”
Describing her work as a mission from God, Higgins said: “I will not kneel before violent gangs in the streets. I will not kneel before the murderers, or the parents who raised them. I’m not going to kneel before a black activist who wants to be discredited without really thinking about the best interests of his people.” It is not clear who he is referring to.
In the original video, posted earlier this month, Higgins appears on camera surrounded by law enforcement officers, some of whom are holding rifles. After identifying seven wanted members of a violent street gang he describes as “animals” and “infidels,” Higgins said, “You will be hunted, you will be set up. traps, and if you raise your weapon at someone like me, we’ll return fire with superior firepower.”
Identifying the name of one of the men, he said, “Darren Carter, I think people like this are afraid of an uneducated, 125-pound man like you who has never won a fair fight in his life. and holding a gun at his hip? Men like us, son, we lift more weights than you do.”
The video was posted on February 17. Four days later, it has received 15 million views.
Higgins’ boss, Sheriff of St. Landry, Bobby Guidroz, weighed in soon after, telling local media that the Crime Stoppers captain’s video segments needed to be “dominated,” NBC affiliate KALB reported.
The ACLU of Louisiana criticized Higgins’ religious depiction of his work and said that law enforcement – and protection of rights – is where Higgins’ work stops.
“Nothing Mr. Higgins said would make his community safer, but there is much that shows a violation of the fundamental rights of all,” an ACLU statement said.
In a statement Monday, Guidrioz said he agreed “with the overall message” of the February 17 video and that he “does not bow to political correctness.”
“My order was ‘Reduce his unprofessional comments on our weekly Crime Stoppers messages,'” he said. “Secondly, I have repeatedly told him to stop saying things that are divisive, disrespectful, or demeaning like, ‘You have no brain cells,’ ‘Knucklehead’, or ‘Liar.'”
Guidroz added that Higgins appeared on the cover of a local magazine in a neat uniform – a direct violation of department policy.
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