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Former Opelousas officer who lied to cover for Clay Higgins is now on the congressman's payroll

Former Opelousas officer who lied to cover for Clay Higgins is now on the congressman's payroll

You are the owner of this article.The Opelousas Police Department officer busted alongside now-Congressman Clay Higgins for lying to internal affairs in 2007 about the unjustified beating of a bystander has been on the congressman’s payroll since shortly after Higgins took office three and a half years ago.John Chautin, a former Opelousas patrolman, helped Higgins violently take the man — Andre “Red” Richard” — to the ground after Richard pulled up outside a house that Higgins, Chautin and other police officers were searching. An internal affairs report found that Higgins and Chautin tried...

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Under Congress police reform package, Clay Higgins' own policing career might've drawn closer scrutiny

Under Congress police reform package, Clay Higgins' own policing career might've drawn closer scrutiny

You are the owner of this article.Clay Higgins pictured at a press conference announcing his initial campaign for Congress in 2016.Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Capt. Clay Higgins, spokesperson for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, speaks into the camera as he and law enforcement personnel from various agencies and black community leaders create a video asking for the public's help in bringing members of the Gremlins street gang to justice Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office Public Safety Complex in Opelousas, La.Amid a spirited and...

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Clay Higgins denounces 'government oppressors,' calls for May 1 reopening in Facebook rant

Clay Higgins denounces 'government oppressors,' calls for May 1 reopening in Facebook rant

You are the owner of this article.As daily deaths from the  in Louisiana appear to have plateaued, U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins once again took to the internet to denounce emergency stay-at-home orders as a “betrayal of our constitutional freedoms” and demanded that restrictions be lifted by the beginning of next month.In a video , Higgins addressed “government oppressors” while decrying how businesses have largely been closed in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.Higgins, a Lafayette Republican, has been a vocal, though mostly lonely, critic of Gov. John Bel Edwards’...

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Thirteen ICE staffers at Alexandria International Airport test positive for coronavirus

Thirteen ICE staffers at Alexandria International Airport test positive for coronavirus

You are the owner of this article.Note: This story was updated on April 16, 2020 at 6:20 p.m. to reflect additional confirmed cases.Thirteen U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement staffers at the agency’s facility at the Alexandria airport have tested positive for coronavirus, the largest outbreak among staff at any ICE facility nationwide.The ICE Alexandria Staging Facility is normally used as a holding pen for immigration detainees as they await deportation flights out of the Alexandria International Airport. ICE Air, the agency’s charter deportation airline, uses the airport as a hub...

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