A Louisiana law enforcement officer released a video to social media on Wednesday calling out a number of violent gang members on the run in his state.
Captain Clay Higgins of the Abbeville Police, sporting a rifle while surrounded by dozens of other officers and community leaders, addressed the Gremlins Gang in the video. He told the gang members that police are not intimidated by them. He warned that any force used against police or civilians would be met with overwhelming force in return.
"The Gremlins street gang is responsible for hundreds of violent crimes," Captain Higgins said in the video released to KATC. "Murders, armed robberies, witness intimidation, burglaries, drug trafficking, extortion, and brutal beatings. We've arrested ten of these thugs and have warrants on seven more. Every one of these animals is most definitely armed and dangerous."
After naming the gang members who have outstanding felony warrants, Higgins said, "you will be hunted, you will be trapped, and if you raise your weapon to a man like me we will return fire with superior fire. 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. 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."
After telling the fugitives that prisoners have no respect for them and would toss them around "like a rag doll," Higgins asked community members to come forward with information on the criminals. "I encourage any citizen watching this to look into your own heart and find the American courage that conquers all evil," he said. "I implore you to listen to this message and stand up. Take back your streets. Take back your country. Come forward with information about these heathens who've terrorized your community."
He then pointed out that standing next to each of his officers was a leader of the local black community and that his message had nothing to do with race. Instead, he said, "it's about right versus wrong."
He then issued a challenge to the gang members. "One last message to the Gremlins: You don't like the things I've told you tonight? I've got one thing to say: I'm easy to find."
The video closed with a message from the captain to all Americans.
"I'm Capt. Clay Higgins asking every patriot to stand up, share this video, and send a message to the world: We're Americans. We'd rather die on our feet than live on our knees."