Police in Whitney, Texas say a man was arrested over the weekend for making a false report. Scott Lattin is facing charges over a hoax for allegedly accusing people from the Black Lives Movement for vandalizing his truck with the slogan and damaging his interior. Turns out, he did all the damage.
Weeks ago, the Texas man, 45, caused a rippled across the country when word got out about his claims, according to Fox4News. Lattin made a formal police report and claimed that his truck was spray-painted with graffiti with the words “Black Lives Matter” and “F**k the police.”
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The man believes he was targeted because he supports the police. Apparently, the graffiti was in response to the words he painted on his vehicle in support of a fallen police officer: “Police Lives Matter.” It was his way of paying tribute to Deputy Darren Goforth, who was shot and killed in Houston recently.
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Lattin also alleged vandals slashed the seats in his vehicle, according to Raw Story. A public outcry ensued, and donations began pouring in when the man set up a GoFundMe account to help him pay for the damages to his truck.
However, in a disturbing turn of events, the Texas man was arrested. Police Chief Chris Bentley says the complaint about Black Lives Matter vandals was a hoax. He and his investigators based this on new information that surfaced.
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In his fundraising campaign, Lattin said his tires were slashed, and his glove box was ripped off. However, footage of the scene didn’t support his claims. Bentley begged to differ.
“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.”
Chief Bentley said the man faces misdemeanor charges for the hoax, and the public should stop pledging money to the account, which has accrued over $6,000 in donations.
Upon his arrest for the Black Lives Matter hoax, Lattin denied the charges and said the investigation results were “very disturbing.” However, sources say he later signed an affidavit and admitted wrongdoing. He said he filed the false to collect insurance proceeds.
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