Whitney police arrested Scott Lattin on Friday on charges of making a false report to a police officer.
Lattin reported to police his vehicle was spray painted with “black lives matter” and anti-police messages, claiming he was targeted because of his police support displayed on the truck.
The blue ribbons and messages supporting law enforcement on the truck were part of the “blue lives matter” movement, spurred by the death of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth’s murder.
Lattin’s vandalism case garnered widespread media attention and donations began pouring in for the damages of the truck.
Donations came from numerous individuals and companies, including a construction company in the Dallas area. A GoFundMe account netted an additional $5,500 and an insurance claim was filed.
Whitney Police Chief Chris Bentley said his department felt it was an important case because of the individuals, including veterans, who donated money to the man.