With the emergence of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, racists and their media allies have a new villain. That villain was originally blamed for the defacing of a Texas man’s truck. Now, as more details come to light, we are learning that Black Lives Matter had nothing to do with the crime at all.
Scott Lattin, a disabled veteran, told police that his pickup truck had been vandalized because he had placed pro-police symbols on it, including a large “police lives matter” written on the rear window. He said that the truck had been defaced with the words “Black Lives Matter” spray painted on it, and that the inside had been damaged.
Police were alerted that Lattin’s story may not have been what it appeared to be when Dallas TV station KDFW did a story about the incident. Whitney, Texas Police Chief Chris Bentley told KDFW:
“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.”
Specifically, when police responded to Lattin’s call about the vandalism, they said that the inside of the truck had not been damaged. But when officers saw the news report, the glove box had been ripped out, and the seats had been cut.
Lattin was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of filing a false police report. He later told KDFW that the charges he vandalized his own vehicle were not true. But his arrest warrant affidavit says that Lattin admitted damaging the inside of the truck himself in order to collect insurance.
Of course there is a GoFundMe page tied up in all of this. One of Lattin’s relatives started the fund drive, which has raised around $6,000. Chief Bentley has asked that people stop contributing to the account, and says that authorities need to figure out how to return the money that people have already donated.
This is apparently what some people consider “opportunity” in 21st century America. Tear up something you own, blame it on black people, and get others to give you money out of sympathy.
Here’s a report, from Fox4:
Featured image via KDFW