Last year we did a story on Clay Higgins, an old-school police officer from St. Landry Parish in Louisiana. He’s a real life version of John Wayne who names and shames felons on TV with lines like they were written by Quentin Tarantino. Just minus the profanities.
Now Captain Higgins has again captured plenty of attention with his latest video posted by ABC affiliate KATC, where he throws down an ultimatum to a violent street gang. See it in full above.
“The Gremlins street gang is responsible for hundreds of violent crimes,” says 54-year-old Higgins holding his AR-15 assault rifle. “Murders, armed robberies, witness intimidation, burglaries, drug trafficking, extortion, and brutal beatings,” he says while surrounded by well-armed police officers and community leaders.
“We’ve arrested 10 of these thugs and have warrants on seven more. Every one of these animals is most definitely armed and dangerous.”
At one point in the video Higgins directly singles out 19-year-old Darren Carter, one of the alleged offenders.
“Darren Carter, you think men like these are afraid of an uneducated 125-pound punk like you that’s never won a fair fight in your life and holds your gun sideways? Young man, I’ll meet you on solid ground anytime, anywhere, light or heavy,” Higgins says.
“Makes no difference to me. You won’t walk away. Look at you. Men like us, son, we do dumbbell presses with weights bigger than you.”
According to KATC, Carter has been arrested at least nine times in the past two years on close to 30 charges of varying nature, which include six counts of attempted murder, six drug charges, and two armed robbery charges. All these cases remain pending.
In the video, Higgins also warns the gang not to even think about using a weapon against the police.
“If you raise your weapon to a man like me, we’ll return fire with superior fire,” Higgins says who spent 11 years in SWAT.
According to KATC, the gang members are also known for posting rap songs online where they brag about their crimes.
Higgins points out that the Gremlins case isn’t something that anyone should use to promote racial division.
“Take a close look behind me. Standing next to every cop is a leader of our black community. This is not about race. This about right versus wrong,” Higgins says.
So Gremlins, you’d better watch out or just hand yourself in. Seems that Louisiana’s Acadiana region and their good ol’ American values are not tolerating you anymore.
A staunch Catholic, Higgins is now selling gear — T-shirts and mugs etc. — to help fund a faith-based charity that aims to provide shelter for the homeless in his community. Watch this video by Clay Higgins Gear about that venture.