Higgins, 55, called upon Christianity to engage in a Holy War against radicalized Muslims.
Higgins is former captain and public information officer of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana.
In his role as PIO, he made videos for Crime Stoppers which subsequently went viral. He resigned from the post because of public outcry over a video. He’d also resigned from a law enforcement post with the Opelousas Police Department in 2007 over alleged excessive force, The Independent reported.
Familiar territory: Higgins’ xenophobia laced tweeter rant
His recent Facebook post reads, “The free world…all of Christendom…is at war with Islamic horror. Not one penny of American treasure should be granted to any nation who harbors these heathen animals. Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter. Their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied. Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down. Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.”
Included in the post was a photo of a British officer standing over the body of a terrorist from Saturday night’s London Bridge attack — the U.K.’s third incident in less than three months.
Clay Higgins is a former captain for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s office and candidate for Congress.
Clay Higgins espouses his leanings in his 2016 campaign poster
The ult-right cop sports his trademark bonafides
… ‘and he is serving congressman’
Higgins, 56, is the former police captain who resigned from his post in 2007, dodging major disciplinary measures for excessive use of force.
Before winning special elections to congress last year, Higgins, he was best known for a series of local Crime Stoppers videos where he appeared in uniform berating wanted suspects.
The videos got him the nickname of “cajun John Wayne” and their content earned him the ire of his boss, Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, who, “repeatedly told him to stop saying divisive, disrespectful or demeaning things.” Even the ACLU chimed in to criticize Higgins’ use of religious terminology when describing his work.
After he was forced to resign, in a defiant press conference, the former Louisiana sheriff’s captain told the media that he was “not forced” to resign, but “rather, I’ve turned in my badge as a matter of conscience.”
However as The Independent reports, his disciplinary account details a pair of general orders in the police code of conduct Higgins was accused of violating and recommended four actions:
Demotion from Patrolman First Class to Patrolman
Reassignment to a Patrol Shift for more direct supervision and training
Immediate removal from the SWAT Team
160 hours suspension from duty without pay
On May 31, 2007, Perry Gallow, then the police chief in Opelousas, informed the mayor and city council that: “May 18, 2007, Police Officer Clay Higgins rendered all equipment/property in his possession to Assistant Chief Smith/Opelousas Police Department”.
The council two weeks earlier had approved the disciplinary measures during a special council meeting.
Three days after the council approved the discipline, Higgins turned in his gear and resigned from the department.
Describing his work as a mission from God, Higgins said, “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.” It was unclear who he was referring to.
Shortly after Higgins was drafted to run to run for office representing the Third District of Louisiana,.
He came in second in the primary, before defeating his opponent, Scott Angelle, in a runoff election on Dec. 10, with 56.1 percent of the vote.
Jan, 2017 – House Speaker Paul Ryan [left], administers the House oath of office to Rep. Clay Higgins [right], R-La., during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill
The election, it seems, came at an opportune time for Higgins, with the election of “outsider” Donald Trump to the presidency.
Higgins is a supporter of the Trump administration and backed the president’s controversial and currently blocked travel ban.
According to Gizmodo, Higgins wore bracelets reportedly promoting his online merchandise during a mock swearing-in ceremony, alongside Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, in January.