Republican Lawmaker Threatens To Shoot Black Openly Carrying Protesters
Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) reportedly said in a now-removed Facebook post that armed protesters in Louisiana should be met with force, according to The Acadiana Advocate — and he attached a photo of “Black men carrying assault-style weapons and other tactical gear.”
- Higgins wrote in the Tuesday post: "I'd drop any 10 of you where you stand. Nothing personal. We just eliminate the threat. We don't care what color you are. We don't care if you're left or right. if you show up like this, if We recognize threat...you won't walk away."
- The Advocate reported that Facebook removed the post not long after it appeared on Higgins’ campaign page. A spokesperson confirmed the removal and said the post violated the platform’s "Violence and Incitement" policies.
- The photo featured with Higgins’ post “was taken from news coverage of an armed group of protesters marching in Louisville earlier this summer to protest the killing of Breonna Taylor during a botched police raid,” according to the report.
- The report also noted that the lawmaker’s post “comes amid protests in Lafayette over the death of Trayford Pellerin, who was shot and killed by Lafayette Police on Evangeline Thruway on Aug. 21.”
About 40 to 50 heavily armed members of a right-wing militia group — the Louisiana Cajun Militia, which formed four years ago to oppose the removal of Confederate monuments — showed up at a Tuesday night Black Lives Matter demonstration outside Lafayette City Hall.
Members of the group said they attended the demonstration to protect protesters, though a man identifying himself as the group's commander, Michael "Sauce" McComas, also told a reporter with the Daily Advertiser that "we’re just not gonna let them go around burning flags and intimidating.”
- The Advocated pointed out that “The militia group that showed up in Lafayette on Tuesday evening, composed of White men, was geared up in much the same manner as the Black protesters in Louisville pictured in Higgins' Facebook post.”