Scott Lattin was momentarily a sympathetic victim in Whitney, Texas, but now he’s the town pariah. That’s what happens when you say your family truck was destroyed by activists, raise a couple grand for yourself and then everyone finds out the whole thing’s bogus.
Lattin’s original story story goes like this: Lattin, a disabled veteran, wrote “Police Lives Matter” on his truck’s back window, to which local vandals responded with spray-painting “Black Lives Matter and "Fuck your flag, your family, your feelings, your faith” on his vehicle. A GoFundMe campaign was set up by Lattin’s daughter, and it raised $5,855 of its $8,000 ask, due to the outrage and compassion of a supportive community of roughly 2,000 people.
Lattin even threw down a tender quote for the station’s coverage.
“[Police] need support so they can feel what they do, putting their lives on the line every day,” Lattin told the station at the time. “It’s the only truck we have and because of this, it’s totaled now.”
Except that’s not what happened. What really happened is that Lattin tagged his own truck for insurance reasons, the cops found out in their investigation of what they saw as discrepancies, and Lattin was arrested Friday on a misdemeanor charge of making a false police report.
The fundraising site has been taken down, and Whitney Police Chief Chris Bentley then threw down his own tender quote.
“One of the social media pages said, ‘My husband is an officer. I can give you $25, because that’s all I can afford.’ That just ripped at my heart.”
I suppose the lesson here is that you should obviously never do any of this.