Driver Smashes State Capitol's Ten Commandments Monument Hours After It's Erected: Cops
An Arkansas man appears to have attempted to raise funds for the self-styled demolition on GoFundMe.
Less than a day after it was erected on the grounds of the Arkansas state Capitol, a controversial Ten Commandments monument was destroyed.
Police in Little Rock say Michael Tate Reed of Van Buren, drove a vehicle through the 6-foot statue early Wednesday morning.
The 32-year-old allegedly filmed the destruction in a Facebook Live video after a man identifying himself as Reed posted a rant about his religious beliefs to the same account.
"One thing I do not support is the violation of our constitutional right to have the freedom that guarantees us the separation of church and state because no one religion should the government represent," the man says.
Prior to his arrest, Reed reportedly created a GoFundMe page to raise money to repair his car after the destruction he allegedly planned.
He was seeking $20,000, but the page has been taken down by GoFundMe.
Capitol Police arrested Reed Wednesday morning on preliminary charges of defacing objects of public interest, criminal trespass and first-degree criminal mischief.
Photos from the scene show the 6,000 pound granite monument shattered into several pieces.
Nearly three years ago, a similar monument at Oklahoma's Capitol was also shattered when officials say a driver crashed a car into the statue.
An Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office spokesman told The Associated Press that Reed is responsible for both the Arkansas and Oklahoma incidents.
In the Oklahoma case, Reed was admitted to a hospital for mental treatment and charges were never filed. He later apologized in an email to the Tulsa World.
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