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Video: Louisiana Captain from Popular Anti-Crime Videos Resigns After Disagreement with Sheriff

February 29, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Louisiana Captain from Popular Anti-Crime Videos Resigns After Disagreement with Sheriff

Clay Higgins, the charismatic Sheriff's captain who put St. Landry Parish (LA) Crime Stoppers on the international map with his viral videos, has resigned from the Sheriff's Office after a disagreement with the sheriff over the tone of his videos. 

Higgins made the announcement Monday morning on the steps of the St. Landry Parish Courthouse.  He says he was not forced to resign, but he felt the need to turn in his badge, which the sheriff accepted.  

"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 recently put together a controversial 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, KATC TV reports.

Along with Higgins, appearing in the video were members of various law enforcement agencies in the area, including State Police, 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. 

Sheriff Bobby Guidroz was quoted in the Daily World after the Gremlins video aired, saying Crime Stoppers had gotten away from its original message, and he didn't like calling out suspects and criticizing people. Guidroz promised to "reign" the segment back in to where he felt it needed to be.  

Sheriff Guidroz said in a statement, “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. I repeatedly told him to stop saying things like, ‘you have no brain cells, or making comments that were totally disrespectful and demeaning. 

"As Sheriff, it is my duty and responsibility that the message going out to the public be professional, on point and truthful. The public needs to remember the department public information officer is a spokesperson for the sheriff and represents the sheriff’s words, thoughts and message. If Clay Higgins cannot agree with my words, thoughts and message, then he is correct in resigning his position."

Comments (24)

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Robert @ 2/29/2016 1:53 PM

Wow...a scandal that does not cost the taxpayers any money!!
--Captain made a video on a forum that was beyond what was expected.
--Groups complained to his superior / Sheriff
--Superior counseled subordinate on roles and message
--Subordinate did not want to continue to work under those conditions
--Subordinate quit
--Sheriff did not disparage ex-employee after he left

This seems like the way government business should work.
Now the Captain is free to make videos about whatever he feels like (perhaps a future in politics or a run for Sheriff???).
And we, the taxpayers, don't have to foot the bill for any lawsuits.

J. Blix @ 2/29/2016 2:49 PM

This is the problem with America today. Too many people getting their feelings hurt. I stand behind the Captain 100%

Keith Courtney @ 2/29/2016 2:56 PM

We finally get a officer that knows these criminals don't care about life,so he treats them the same,and who rates their ugly head aclu,they obviously don't care about law abiding citizens,just as usual the criminals.

Robert @ 2/29/2016 3:13 PM

I think being Professional does not mean anything any more. No reason to act like the people you are trying to arrest

Federali @ 2/29/2016 4:24 PM

Clay Higgins for Attorney General!!!

Tom Ret @ 2/29/2016 4:26 PM

This message is to the administrator of this site. Why do you let every numb nuts who has a bone to pick with law enforcement comment here? These people, who have obviously never handled a call in their life, want to come on here and dictate how the cops should do this or that. If this is not stopped, you may have a lot less comments coming forth from actual cops who have been there and done the job and don't mind sharing information with fellow cops but are sick of reading the crap. Other cops should chime in here if you agree. If you haven't handled a police call don't bother commenting.

Tom Ret @ 2/29/2016 5:04 PM

Maybe the Capt. should run against his ex boss in the next election and let the people decide. Unfortunately for the Capt., the Sheriff's ideas take priority irrespective how competent they are.

Hoshi @ 2/29/2016 5:37 PM

32 yrs a cop, now a firefighter. I saw this video and thought it was very well stated. Good luck Captain, carry on.

Leonard @ 2/29/2016 6:01 PM

@Tom: You seem to cry the loudest when some make legitimate criticisms of the way that some officers behave or perform their duties. Afraid of something? There is no one forcing to to read any post in the comment section.

ZorryK1 @ 2/29/2016 6:48 PM

I echo the words of "Blix"! All of us active or retired Police Officers should stand behind Capt. Higgins. All he did was send a strong message to all the dirt bags and cowards that are out there everyday harming the good people that we are there to protect. He did not use any profane language. Yet some of these scums can post a video with all kinds of profanity. There is no legitimate criticisms just the the feelings were of the "politically correct"! To go along with "Tom Ret", I thought this site was dedicated to law enforcement officials. Are there no checks of these people? I would think that a police site would only want those that have been out there on the front line and did the job. If you are one that did the job then you would find nothing wrong with what Capt. Higgins did. Apparently a lot of others that appeared in the video agreed with him. Officers of all races.

John retired IA PD @ 2/29/2016 8:23 PM

Haven't you LEO's heard of the "Be Fair to Criminals Act?" It is a good thing that we have the ACLU to remind everyone to be politically correct, so we don't hurt the feelings of criminals. We don't worry about the feelings of law abiding citizens and crime victims. (sarcasm of course). Recently in AZ the State started a new website for "Deadbeat Dads" as a way to collect some of the millions of dollars owed in back child support. I just heard on the news that this may need to be changed because it may be detrimental to the children of these dads. We will see how this plays out. Good luck Mr. Higgins with your future videos.

Nick @ 2/29/2016 8:41 PM

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. The sheriff may have made a mistake and hopefully Clay Higgins will consider a run for sheriff. Let me relate a story. One of our LAPD police lieutenants retired and moved to Mono County, CA. where she and her husband had a home in Mamouth Lakes. The lieutenant joined the Mono.County Sheriffs Office and was fired by the sheriff six days before her probation ended because she "didn't fit in." Well, that lieutenant is now Mono County Sheriff Ingrid Braun, beating the sheriff in the subsequent election. Revenge, I mean justice is so sweet! Higgins for sheriff! It ain't over till it's over!

Robert @ 2/29/2016 10:09 PM

Where to begin...
First, it seems we have 2 Roberts on this page; I posted the first post...I don't see how that offended anyone.
Tom Ret: As a taxpayer I pay your salary / I get to judge. It is called public service; and if you don't like it you should have left 40 years ago. I thought my post was rather mild??
To the rest...
1. There is a big difference between the public exercising their right to free speech and an armed, uniformed LEO...if you can't understand that difference, you should probably ask for some training....or get a new job.
2. last year, a rapper posted a much less threatening 15 second video (no words..but brandishing a weapon in a car, behind an LAPD cruiser). This board went crazy. Next day some idiot (or drunk) guy threw a beer bottle at a police car...the LEOs rolled out and shot the guy. I think this is still under investigation.
Can you honestly say the rapper video was more threatening than this video?

IA @ 3/1/2016 6:53 AM

Either way.. both Robert are obviously voting for Hillary!! The good Captain stood his ground showing that he is not afraid of these thugs! You (Robert) however must be ok with criminals in your neighborhood. These idiots have no problems shooting at us so why is he wrong for telling them how the real fight will go. Confused?!? Don't worry Robert, when your door is kicked in and you need help.... we'll still be there. Funny how the criminals turned into the "defenseless"...

Johnson-Retired LEO @ 3/1/2016 7:29 AM

How silly this has become when an officer is told to "tone down" his language and to not offend criminals by calling them what they are, thugs, punks, thrash. And according to the aclu (small case ), criminals have feelings too and all officers should carry a box of tissues and a shoulder to cry on. For all that are old enough to remember that this type of nonsense has occurred before, mid 70's to late 80's, with high crime rate, over crowded prisons and liberal judges. That turned around late 80's to early 90's and the public feed up with crime demanded action and Law Enforcement got serious. And the 90's were less violent. The pendulum swings from one side to the other and I am wondering how much longer this nonsense will persist until the pendulum starts to swing back. And until it does how many more innocent victims of criminal acts will have to pay. So for the officers now, stay strong, watch your brothers backs and weather the storm, for this shall pass.

Leonard @ 3/1/2016 8:04 AM

I just looked at few of his videos. Good riddance and he should have never been allowed to wear of badge.

Robert @ 3/1/2016 10:29 AM

IA, actually I will be voting for Gary may want to look up who he is.
He won't win, but he has the best message of anyone out there.
You will probably vote a straight GOP ticket, without giving any thought to your actions...stop being a sheep and try thinking about something instead of following the herd.
The posters on this board just don't get it...and probably never will. I don't give a sh_t about what the criminals think of the video..but the tone is wrong.
My positions:
--90%+ of LEO shootings are justified...but not the 100% that this board claims.
--Tired of taxpayers footing the bills, while LEO are not held accountable..because DAs want an easy job / don't want to rock the boat.
--When you make a mistake, admit it...don't try and BS the public; it erodes confidence in the system. Admit the mistake, take your licks..and move on.
--Does disparaging a dead person make the situation better...ever!
--LEO need to know the law, better than they currently do

PoPo @ 3/1/2016 12:40 PM

I'm looking at this from two perspectives. As a long time LEO, I admire his gumption. But I also wonder has his 15 minutes of fame gone to his head? Sometimes it can go too far, do you really think the gang-bangers are shaking in their boots? So who is his audience?

tedb @ 3/2/2016 4:21 PM

Folks, I've said before...if you just stop acknowledging the comments by the trolls they will get tired and go away, because their only purpose is to get your goat and make you comment back to them. Ignore them!

Ray @ 3/4/2016 8:51 AM

I've been a LEO for over twenty years. The videos Captain Higgins posted were the best thing I've seen in a long time. Finally, someone who has the balls to stand up for what's right.

I hope Captain Higgins goes to work somewhere that appreciates someone who stands up for what's right. If he does, I'll quit and go to work for him!!

Sgt 23 @ 3/4/2016 9:03 AM

Hey Robert you seem to be a professional Police critic with all the facts. Why don’t you pick up a gun and a badge and walk a beat?
Sheep hate it when the sheepdogs point out the wolves

Walter Blackstock @ 3/4/2016 9:40 AM

I can see both sides. The Sheriff is a politician and wants every vote he can get. Politicians glad hand everyone so no soup spills. They find it easier to dump an employee than be criticized in public. Now the Captain is what I call a great street cop. He is a get the job done guy. Politicians know times come when you need these types but would rather keep them locked in a closet until the shit hits. Then it is time to release the warrior. Personally I was a warrior and often got spanked.

Chief 800 @ 3/7/2016 9:00 AM

A Chief or Sheriff position is both LE and political. Their is a reason for this. We are the mediators between the taxpaying public and the department we represent. We fight for equipment, wages, bodies, vehicles ect that we know will benefit the department and the public. However if we allow an officer to act outside of Dept policy, the Constitution or unprofessionally, we must act on that. It is in doing so that we keep the publics trust and our support and funding. If you do not understand this then you are the problem. This line of work may not be for you. For the majority that does understand your department head is holding you accountable for the benefit of all, you will have a more rewarding career. I see a lot of public bashing because they haven't walked in LEO shoes, and I see LEO's bashing Chiefs and Sheriffs when you haven't walked in our shoes. Most of us have walked in yours and do all we can to work out mistakes. None of us will let the ship go down because of rogue LEO

Wally @ 4/18/2016 3:02 AM

I'm a ex felon over 18 yrs inside 3 different the grace of God been free over 5 yrs and i wish there were more Leo's like this man. amazes me the victim mindset of criminals not to mention the youth of today. ..

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