Clay Higgins, known as 'Cajun John Wayne,' resigns from St. Landry Sheriff's Office

Clay Higgins, known as 'Cajun John Wayne,' resigns from St. Landry Sheriff's Office

(KPLC) - Capt. Clay Higgins, the well-known spokesman for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, has resigned.

Higgins made the announcement Monday morning on the steps of the St. Landry Parish Courthouse. Higgins broadcast the announcement on his Facebook page. www.facebook.com/captclayhiggins

Higgins' straightforward and forceful style earned him the nickname "Cajun John Wayne."

Higgins made no bones about letting criminals know that law enforcement was coming for them and that the law was going to win.

His announcement came after controversy surrounding a video he made on behalf of state police regarding seven accused members of the Gremlins Gang.

In his resignation speech, Higgins he turned in his badge "as a matter of conscience." He said he loves and respects St. Landry Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, but cannot abide by Guidroz's current orders.

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. I will not kneel to bureaucrats in Baton Rouge, Washington or anywhere else that have forgotten why they wear a badge and who they serve.
I would die rather than sacrifice my principles. 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. So if I would sacrifice my life and my principles, surely you understand, I would sacrifice my job.

Guidroz released a statement following Higgins' resignation:

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.

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