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NAACP files formal complaint against Congressman Higgins

Posted at 2:14 PM, Sep 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 15:14:40-04

On Friday, the Lafayette Parish NAACP President Marja Broussard filed a formal complaint with the Lafayette Police Department against Congressman Clay Higgins.

The complaint is related to Higgins' September 1 Facebook post about the unrest across the country and rumors of armed militias coming to Lafayette.

Higgins shared two photos on the post. One of them was of armed black men, the other was of protesters with their fists raised; some appear to be black and some appear to be white. The post already was taken down, but Higgins said he did not remove it. Viewers have sent us screenshots showing the post was removed by Facebook.

In his post, Higgins says: "If this shows up, we'll consider the armed presence a real threat. We being, We the People, of Louisiana. One way ticket fellas. Have your affairs in order."

READ MORE: Higgins facing criticism over social media post on armed militias in Lafayette

The complaint made by the NAACP claims Higgins violated LA Revised Statues 14.329.2 (Inciting to riot) and 14.128.1 (Terrorism).

"The NAACP will not tolerate threats against citizens exercising their Constitutional Rights," the NAACP said in a statement. "President Broussard is asking for the District Attorney to file charges against Rep. Clay Higgins."

According to the statement, Broussard expects to receive a response to her complaint sometime early next week.

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