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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.

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.

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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