A Louisiana sheriff's captain who released a combative video earlier this month that targeted alleged gang members, generated millions of views and was criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union resigned Monday, NBC News reported.
In a news conference, Clay Higgins told reporters that he was "not forced" to resign, but "rather, I've turned in my badge as a matter of conscience."
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.
After identifying seven wanted members of a violent street gang who he described as "animals" and "heathens," Higgins said, "You will be hunted, you will be trapped, and if you raise a weapon to a man like me, we'll return fire with superior fire."