AFRICANGLOBE -A white male was arrested for filing a false police report claiming that Black Lives Matter supporters vandalised his truck.
Scott Lattin from Texas, was arrested on Friday (Sept 18) on a misdemeanor charge after officials realised that he was responsible for scrawling “Black Lives Matter” and other graffiti on his pickup truck, as part of a hoax.
Lattin, 45, a disabled veteran, claimed earlier this month that members of the movement against police brutality defaced his family’s pickup truck because it displayed pro-police messages and symbols.
He raised nearly $6,000 (£3,800) to help pay for repairs to the truck after a relative set up a GoFundMe account. Car dealers and mechanics also offered to pitch in to make repairs.
But the arrest came after police noticed discrepancies in video recordings of Lattin talking about the incident, Whitney Police Chief Chris Bentley told Fox4.
“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 told the television news station.
When officers wrote the initial report, Bentley said there was no damage to the inside of the truck. But when Fox4 arrived at the home, Lattin revealed that the glove box cover had been ripped off and the seats slashed.
At the time of his arrest, he denied to Fox4 that he had vandalised his own vehicle, but the affidavit that officers prepared in order to obtain an arrest warrant shows that Lattin admitted to damaging the vehicle for insurance reasons.
“We have so many groups that have participated and come to Whitney, Texas, of all places, to help these people—and for them to have been deceived? It’s just wrong,” Bentley added.
A neighbour, Levonda Bradshaw, told the station that she was suspicious of the claim from the beginning because the Lattins have a fenced property with dogs that bark at anyone who comes near.