The upstanding citizens who totaled Scott Lattin’s truck won’t be easy for police in Whitney, Texas, to track down, even though they left their calling card. In addition to inflicting $5,000 in damages to the disabled veteran’s only means of transportation, rendering it unusable, the unseen visitors spray-painted obscenities about police and the American flag all over the vehicle along with the increasingly tiresome reminder that “Black lives matter.”
The vandals would probably argue that Lattin had it coming. As his 18-year-old son Jason explained to Fox affiliate KDFW:
We heard about all the fallen officers for the month and [slain Deputy Darren] Goforth’s funeral and Back the Blue Day, and we wanted to support that.
Which they did by festooning the fence around their home with blue ribbons and inscribing the message “Police lives matter” on the back window of the the truck.
“Engage me in a dialogue,” Scott Lattin is quoted as saying in reaction to the attack. “Don’t destroy my stuff; it’s the only truck we have and because of this, it’s totaled now…. I firmly believe black lives matter, white lives matter, police lives matter. Yes, absolutely.”
A page at the crowdfunding site GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Lattins repair or replace their truck. So far $4,990 has been collected. The goal is $8,000.