A Texas Man Blames #BlackLivesMatter For Defacing His Truck, Police Later Learn He Did It Himself
Scott Lattin collected nearly $6,000 in online donations after claiming someone from the Black Lives Matter movement defaced his car, only for police to learn it was him.
Scott Lattin received almost $6,000 in online donations after claiming his truck had been defaced by vandals using the rallying cry Black Lives Matter.
The Texas native told authorities his vehicle had been spray painted with “[F--k] your flag, your family, your feelings, your faith” and “Black Lives Matter.”
Lattin began to receive support from some online before police noticed conflicting details in his report, which led them to realizing Lattin was the culprit behind the crime.
Lattin previously wrote "police lives matter" on the rear window of his pick up truck and claimed his vehicle was targeted by BLM.
"They need support so they can feel what they do, putting their lives on the line every day,” Lattin told local KDFW Fox 4 News after the graffiti appeared. “It’s the only truck we have and because of this, it’s totaled now.”
Lattin, a veteran, was able to collect insurance money for the damages, but his family started a GoFundMe Page, which has since been deleted, citing additional cost not covered by the insurance.
The GoFundMe Page, which alleged the truck "suffered spray paint, deep key marks down the sides, slashed seats, and broken dash" quickly became a breeding ground for anti-black lives matter supporters.
But according to police the "slashed seats and broken dash" only appeared after Lattin filed his police report, which was something authorities noticed while watching the local news segment on the vandalism of the car.
“We had initial video when the officers took the report and then when we saw your story on Channel 4. When we looked at those two videos, there were some differences in those and that led us to take the investigation into a different direction,” Whitney Police Chief Chris Bentley told KDFW. "All interior damage to the truck appears to have been added after Lattin filed a police report."
Lattin has been charged with filing a false police report, which in Texas is a Class B felony and punishable by a maximum of one year in prison.