A white man from Central Texas who claimed anti-police vandals had attacked the family pickup truck has been arrested after police believe he vandalized the truck.
Scott Lattin, a disabled veteran, initially told Whitney police on Sept. 8, his pickup was vandalized and tagged his truck with “Black Lives Matter” and other graffiti because he displayed pro-police messages, ‘Police Lives Matter’ on the truck’s back windshield on the same day Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth was buried.
Whitney police arrested Lattin on Friday on a misdemeanor charge of making a false police report.
“Very disturbing,” said Whitney Police Chief Chris Bentley.
Bentley said the investigation turned to Lattin because after FOX4 first broke the story.
“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,” Bentley said.
Bentley said when they took the report there was no damage to the inside of the truck. But when FOX4 showed up, Lattin showed that the glove box was ripped off and the seats slashed.
Lattin denies the charges by police that he vandalized his own vehicle, telling FOX4, “That’s absolutely not true! Absolutely not true.”
But Lattin’s arrest warrant affidavit said Lattin admitted damaging the inside of his vehicle for insurance reasons