Lt. Governor and NAACP react to vandalism of pro-police pickup truck

Jason Lattin, 18, from Whitney, Texas has wanted to be a police officer since he was little.  His family recently tied blue ribbons on their fence in support of law enforcement and wrote "Police Lives Matter" on the back window of their pickup.

"We heard about all of the fallen officers for the month and Goforth's funeral and Back the Blue Day and we wanted to support that," Lattin said.

Earlier this week, the truck was vandalized.  The damage...$5,000.
"They tore off our glove box, they took our laptop, our scanner and ripped our seats," Lattin said.
And spray painted on the side: "Black Lives Matter."
"Engage me in a dialogue.  Don't destroy my stuff, it's the only truck we have," said Jason's dad Scott Latin, a disabled Veteran.  "I firmly believe black lives matter, white lives matter, police lives matter."
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has choice words for what happened to the Lattin family.
"It's disgusting.  It's offensive to me," Patrick said.
Patrick says the attack on law enforcement must stop -- as well as attacks on those who support law enforcement.
"All lives matter.  All lives matter.  And that's black lives, white lives, brown lives, everyone's life...and law enforcement lives," Patrick said.
There's been much criticism of the phrase "All lives matter."
Nelson Linder with the Austin chapter of the NAACP says that phrase and "Police lives matter" distracts from the "Black lives matter" movement.
"Look I'm pretty mature.  I understand what folks are trying to say...but it's a problem because what you're doing is really subconsciously, you're saying that black lives don't matter and I'm saying 'Why even do that?'  You know, I respect everybody," Linder said.
Linder says the signs saying "Police lives matter" may be seen as confrontational to many people.  He says of course any form of vandalism is frowned upon by the NAACP.
"I don't see any evidence of people targeting the police.  It's a tough time in this country.  These issues need to be addressed in an honest way, a respectful way.  But to try to compare the two, to me is very problematic and there are folks out there who will see that as a threat and they'll act inappropriately.  I'm worried about that aspect of it," Linder said.
On Friday, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo showed support for the "Black lives matter" movement as well as the pro-police movement.
"They're not in conflict.  Just because you believe black lives matter doesn't mean you don't support the police," Acevedo said. 
Patrick says we've got to get back to respecting each other.  And if you see a police officer at a restaurant...pick up the tab if you can afford it or just tell them "thank you."
"Here's what we have to understand.  We are protected by a thimble full of people.  In our military forces, who ride the fire trucks and who put on a badge and a gun everyday.  What happens when they don't want to do that job anymore?  And we better be careful.  There will always be someone willing to do it...but we want the best to do it," Patrick said.
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