Capt. Clay Higgins Steps Down

St. Landry Parish Captain Clay Higgins has resigned from his job after he posted a video to try and round up gang members.

Higgins was a star of local CrimeStoppers segments and made a big name for himself and his department.

The  ACLU took issue with an advance copy of Higgins' script for the gang members 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.

It appears that Higgins boss Sheriff Bobby Guidroz gave Higgins some orders after the segment and Higgins is having none of it.

So he's quitting. 

"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."

As for Higgins' future, he says he has options and will remain a constable. 

Here's the segment that caused to controversy: 

Captain Higgins targets suspected gang members

Captain Higgins targets suspected gang members. If you have information on the suspects' location, call (337) 277-9667, (337) 400-9064 or (337) 277-3503.

Posted by KATC-TV 3: Acadiana's Newschannel on Wednesday, February 17, 2016