A disabled veteran told Whitney, Texas, police on Sept. 8 that his pickup truck was vandalized by Black Lives Matter activists. As a result, he raised almost $6,000 from the public for repairs, according to a report from Dallas-Fort Worth television station KDFW.
But footage from the television station’s initial report told police a different story. On Friday police arrested Scott Lattin on suspicion of making a false police report.
Lattin told police that his truck, which he had painted with “Police Lives Matter,” was spray painted with “Black Lives Matter” and “Fuck Your Flag, Your Family, Your Feelings, Your Faith.”
“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 the television station.
When the initial report was taken, there was no damage in the truck’s interior, police said, but Lattin showed the television cameras a truck with slashed seats and ripped out glove box.
Lattin maintained his innocence to KDFW: “That’s absolutely not true! Absolutely not true.”
But, according to the television station, he admitted to police to damaging the inside of the truck for insurance reasons. Additional charges may be filed.
Bentley told KDFW that the department is working with the district attorney’s office to make sure the donations are returned.
Watch KDFW’s report below: