A newly placed Ten Commandments monument at the Arkansas State Capitol was destroyed by a man in his truck. 32-year-old Michael Reed Tate drove through the statue at around 4:47 a.m. on Wednesday morning. He was filming himself and posted the footage to Facebook.
The monument had been placed Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours before it was destroyed.
Secretary of State and Capitol Police spokesman Chris Powell told NPR:
“My boss called me and told me the Ten Commandments monument had been destroyed. When I got here, it was rolled over on the sidewalk and broken into multiple pieces.”
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Powell also said:
“This was deliberate. The individual drove down there and stopped. He was videoing it on his cellphone as he accelerated into the monument. One of our Capitol Police officers was on patrol and witnessed it.”
Reed faces preliminary charges of defacing an object of public respect, a Class C felony; criminal mischief in the first degree, a Class C felony; and trespassing on the state Capitol grounds, a misdemeanor.
This isn’t the first time he has done this. Reed was arrested in 2014 for driving into a Ten Commandments Monument in Oklahoma as well. The Oklahoman reported that the Secret Service had interviewed Reed about it at the time. Reed said he is bipolar and Satan told him to destroy the monument.
The monument shouldn’t have been there in the first place. It is completely unconstitutional to put a religious monument on government property.
Featured image via Twitter.