Former tough talkin' sheriff sworn in as Lafayette City Marshal
LAFAYETTE – The tough talking sheriff captain from St. Landry Parish who resigned from his post in February has a new job.
According to a KATC-TV report, former St. Landry Parish Sheriff Captain Clay Higgins was sworn in Wednesday as a reserve deputy for the Lafayette City Marshal’s Office.
Higgins announced his resignation from the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s office on Feb. 29. During an address to the media on the parish courthouse steps, Higgins said he was not forced to resign but felt he needed to turn in his badge
"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," says Higgins.
The announcement comes just a week after Higgins was told to turn down the tough talk in his viral videos.
Most recently, Higgins teamed up with other Lafayette-area authorities to send a message to suspected gang members. In a report, Higgins called the suspects animals and listed each suspect by name and showed their pictures.
"You will be hunted. You will be tracked," Higgins said in a frustrated manner.
The comments have irked members of the African American community who said the segment was "racially tainted" in an interview with the Louisiana Radio Network.