All is not well in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. The man described by some as, “the most irresistibly intimidating man in America”, has left the building.
Captain Clay Higgins made his exit in the extremely direct, no-nonsense, Clay Higgins style we’ve become so accustomed to.
Check out his resignation video immediately below.
We first told you about Captain Clay Higgins last July when one of his KATC-TV Crimestopper videos caught our attention (click here for that video). Higgins and his videos have become a very popular item around the world. That July video has almost 2 million views on YouTube alone.
Some say the beginning of the end for Captain Higgins came with the “Gremlins Gang” video 11-days-ago. Sheriff Bobby Guidroz denies that’s the case (see his statement below).
The video shows heavily armed law enforcement officers standing next to members of the community. The message from Higgins, also showing off his firepower, is classic Captain Higgins and then some (see video below).
My guess is, if Clay Higgins doesn’t run for sheriff himself, at the very least, there’s a reality show in his future.
His announcement comes on the heels of some controversy surrounding the most recent video Higgins made about fugitives – which was not on behalf of Crime Stoppers. Higgins says per a request by State Police, he put together a video about seven suspects who have been on the run since last fall, accused members of the Gremlins Gang and under indictment on conspiracy charges.
Along with Higgins, appearing in the video were members of various law enforcement agencies in the area and leaders in the black community of St. Landry Parish.
However, 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.
St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz stated in a press release today that Captain Clay Higgins has resigned his position with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff Department because according to Higgins, ‘He disagreed with my orders.’
Sheriff Guidroz said, “My orders to Higgins were to ‘Tone down his unprofessional comments on our weekly Crime Stoppers messages,’ and had nothing to do with the Gremlins video or with ‘Bowing down to political correctness.’ I happen to agree with the overall message of the Gremlins video.
Secondly, I repeatedly told him to stop saying divisive, disrespectful, or demeaning things like, ‘You have no brain cells,’ ‘Knuckleheads’, or ‘Liars.’
Thirdly, Clay Higgins appeared on the cover of a local magazine in full dress uniform, a direct violation of department policy, without my approval or authorization.
Furthermore, Higgins formed a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) to raise money by selling mugs, t-shirts and other trinkets using the department badge and uniform. Additionally, Higgins utilized the department’s physical address in registering his LLC with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office. All of which are against department policy.
As your Sheriff, it is my duty and responsibility that the message to the citizens of St. Landry Parish be professional, on point, and truthful. The department Public Information Officer (PIO) is a representative of the Sheriff, the deputies and the department as a whole. If Higgins cannot operate within the parameters of this office and abide by our policies and procedures, then he is correct in resigning his position.
As your sheriff, I can assure you that my staff and I will continue to provide the citizens of St. Landry Parish with the most professional law enforcement services and protection,” Guidroz said.