Captain Clay Higgins—the popular public information officer whose tough-talking threats aimed at a local gang earned him both praise and criticism after they went viral on the internet—has resigned from the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Via KLFY News 10:
Higgins said his decision was reached after Sheriff Bobby Guidroz gave him orders he could not follow.
St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz explained, in a statement to the media, the direction he gave the former public information officer:
“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. First of all; I repeatedly told him to stop saying things like, ‘you have no brain cells, or making comments that were totally disrespectful and demeaning. Second; Clay Higgins appeared on the cover of a local magazine in full dress uniform without my approval and permission. That too is something he didn’t like me controlling.”
Guidroz also said it was his duty to ensure all messages from his office to the public be “professional, on point, and truthful.”
The sheriff added: “If Clay Higgins cannot agree with my words, thoughts and message, then he is correct in resigning his position.”
The sheriff’s office received backlash due to the video, which was released on February 17, from the ACLU and several other community organizations.
A representative for the St. Landry Parish Crime Stoppers board told KLFY Higgins will no longer be the spokesperson for Crime Stoppers.
Higgins said in the news conference that he would remain a spokesperson for Acadian Ambulance.