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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A state senator is asking the Texas attorney general for an opinion about a police department displaying “In God We Trust” on its patrol vehicles.

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Lubbock Republican Sen. Charles Perry defended police in Childress, near the Oklahoma/North Texas border. He asked Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been indicted on securities fraud charges, for legal guidance.

Childress and a few police forces elsewhere have begun displaying the motto in recent months. That comes amid nationally publicized tensions between law enforcement and some communities they severe.

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The nonprofit Freedom From Religion Foundation has asked Childress police to remove the mottos, citing separation-of-church-and-state standards.

That prompted Perry’s letter Monday. But Childress Police Chief Adrian Garcia has already responded by inviting the nonprofit to “go fly a kite,” and posting his response on Facebook.

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