Religious U.S. monument destroyed less than 24 hours after erection (video)


An act of lunacy was recorded by Michael Tate Reed, 32, on Tuesday, as he drove a vehicle into a six-foot-tall monument of the Ten Commandments at the Arkansas Capitol in Little Rock. The monument had just been erected the day before.

The Arkansas resident was arrested by Capitol police after the incident, which Reed streamed on Facebook Live.

According to reports, at approximately 4:45 a.m. local time, Reed drove a car into the structure as he yelled, “Oh my goodness. Freedom!” The video ends when Reed crashes into the monument.

Reed, who is disabled and unemployed according to police reports, was evaluated at a local hospital before being booked into the Pulaski County jail. He’s expected to be charged with defacing objects of public respect, trespassing on Capitol grounds and first-degree criminal mischief, according police. He is currently being held without bail.

In 2014, Reed was accused of committing a very similar crime in Oklahoma. According to the Tulsa World:

Reed was arrested in October 2014 in the destruction of Oklahoma’s Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol. [Oklahoma County Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Opgrande] confirmed that the suspect arrested Wednesday in Arkansas was the same person arrested in the Oklahoma case.

Following the Oklahoma incident, Reed reportedly apologized in an email to Tulsa World, saying he had mental health issues and “heard voices in his head” that “became his reality.”

“I am so sorry that this all happening (sic) and wished I could take it all back,” Reed said at the time.

On Facebook, Reed says he’s a Christian who believes in a separation of church and state.

Monuments have been prevalent in the news recently, after several cities have either removed or contemplated the removal of monuments they deem offensive.

You can watch Reed’s video here, as well as a news report showing the monument’s installation.

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