Remember the tough-talking, charismatic sheriff who called out the murdering criminals, the “animals”, he planned to capture. He challenged violent criminals – animals if you will – while surrounded by local religious leaders. Sheriff Cajun John Wayne’s crime stopping videos led to nine of these violent offenders to turn themselves in.
He was refreshing.
But he wasn’t politically correct. He called the violent criminals “animals.”
The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s office announced that he resigned Monday after he appeared in a viral video calling a group of predominantly black gang members “animals.”
They happened to be black, it wasn’t racial.
A religious man, the courageous sheriff developed a cult following on line for taking on the gangs, daring them to come after him.
“You can run but you can’t hide,” Sheriff Clay Higgins said in one video, addressing his quarry with a hand resting on the grip of his pistol. “We will find you.”
A widely-circluated video of him calling the members of the Gremlins gang, “thugs,” “heathens,” and “animals.” led to his unforced resignation.
“We have felony warrants for your arrest,” Higgins said directly into the camera in the video, holding a semi-automatic assault rifle. “You will be hunted. You will be trapped. And if you raise your weapon to a man like me, we’ll return fire with superior fire.”
The communist-tied ACLU criticized him and that’s when things changed.
The ACLU took issue with an advance copy of Higgins’ script for the segment, 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.
The family members said their criminal, murdering sons were not “animals”. Is that open to discussion?
The ACLU, specifically a Marjorie Esman, said “heathen” is a religious term that cannot be used. “Bounty on their heads” harks back to lawless days.
“You want to have a discussion about words, knock yourself out. I’m not going to get into a debate about the semantic meanings of words,” Higgins said.
“What I mean by heathen is barbarian. These guys are accused of very serious crimes. Heinous, hedonistic, barbaric crimes. They’re definitely not Christians,” Higgins said.
Higgins, who calls himself a “known champion of constitutional rights,” said he doesn’t believe it’s problematic for a law enforcement officer to use religious rhetoric in public statements.
“Our constitution does not state that when you put on a badge as an officer you can’t have religious beliefs,”Higgins said.
Higgins went on to call the ACLU’s comments “ridiculous” and “laughable”.
“Obviously the lady who wrote that is elitist. It’s a knee-jerk reaction. But she picked on the wrong guy.”
On Friday, Higgins challenged Esman to a public debate, which she declined.
“I’m not going to debate the Bill of Rights. This isn’t anything you can win or lose. This is about the rights that the constitution guarantees people in this country, and that’s not subject to debate,'”Esman responded in a comment to the Acadiana Advocate.
St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, who had said he was proud of him, issued a press release announcing he accepted Higgins resignation.
“My orders to Higgins was to, ‘tone down’ his unprofessional comments on our weekly Crime Stoppers messages,” Guidroz said. “He disagreed with my orders.”
At a press conference in which he surrendered his badge, he said,
“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, who just wants to make a profit,” says Higgins. “I will not kneel to bureaucrats in Baton Rouge, Washington or anywhere else who have forgotten why they wear a badge and who have forgotten who they serve.”
Higgins said he loves Sheriff Bobby Guidroz. He admires him and respects him, 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.”
No doubt it made the Marxist, criminal-protecting ACLU happy.