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Captain Clay Higgins made headlines across the country after appearing in a viral video calling out a violent street gang in St. Landry Parish, LA [see video below]. The video was viewed millions of times and made national news.

However, less than two weeks after the video was released, Higgins has announced that he is resigning from his current position and turning in his badge.

Higgins, aka Cajun John Wayne, said at a press conference:

“I begin each day on bended knee, but I kneel to our savior,” he said. “I will not kneel to violent street gangs, I will not kneel to murderers or the parents who raised them. I will not kneel to a discredited wannabe black activist that doesn’t really have the best interest of his people in mind. I will not kneel to bureaucrats from Washington, Baton Rouge or anywhere else.”

“I would die rather than sacrifice my principles,” Higgins said. “If I would sacrifice my life for my principles, surely you understand I must sacrifice my job.”

“I love my sheriff and I admire him,” Higgins said. “I respect him. He’s a good man with a good heart. Although I’d take a bullet for my sheriff, I cannot abide by his current orders. I’m sorry I just can’t.”

Reports indicate that there is some disagreement between the sheriff and Higgins over the language in the Crimestoppers videos.