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'Gremlins Gang' family members respond to Cpt. Higgins

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Family and friends of accused 'Gremlins gang' members respond to Cpt. Clay Higgins video. Family and friends of accused 'Gremlins gang' members respond to Cpt. Clay Higgins video.

Family and friends of accused members of the "Gremlins gang" disapprove of things being said about their loved ones. 

A meeting was held today in Abbeville to discuss Cpt. Clay Higgins' comments made in segment that aired on KATC last week.

In the video viewed millions of times Higgins said, "If you raise your weapon to a man like me, we will return fire." It was one of the many comments that has both sides talking. 

"My son is a human being not an animal," said Coretta Williams, the mother of one of the accused gang members. "Just as Mr. Higgins' mother feels that he's a human being and not an animal. It was uncalled for. It disgusts me, because someone that serves the public...someone with that magnitude to have such negative feelings towards the community that he is obligated to protect and serve did an injustice. "

Community activist Raymond Brown headed the meeting, and he said they did not leave with derogatory attacks planned on anyone. He feels Higgins did more harm than good with his Crime Stoppers video. 

"He is laughing at this thing and enjoying himself with all the publicity he has generated, but this is no fun and game," Brown said. 

Some left the meeting emotional, because they said the criminal justice process has been damaged in this case. 

"Maybe they're on the run maybe because they're in fear, because the way this man [sic] spoke," Carolyn Boudreaux, a mother and grandmother to members of the accused gang members, said. "I probably would feel the same way...trying to find me, I would be scared you're trying to kill me."

Brown said he plans to send a letter to the justice department and ask for an investigation.

"In honesty, the sheriff should fire him," Brown said about Higgins. "Or he should resign for what he said. He has damaged the criminal justice system."

Capt. Higgins was contacted to respond to the backlash the video has received, and during a phone interview, Higgins said he did the video per the request of the Louisiana State Police, and that he did his best with it. He said people have a right to their opinion, even if that means disagreeing, and he supports that right. 

He said the video has gotten millions of views and comments from around the world and a large percentage of the ones he has read are very positive responses. 

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