Man destroys Ten Commandments statue at Arkansas Capitol again

BY JAMES CARLIN | PUBLISHED: 06-30-2017

In 2014, Reed crashed a car into a similar Ten Commandments monument on the capitol grounds in Oklahoma.

Michael Tate Reed is allegedly at it again.

Less than a day after a three-ton granite monument of the Ten Commandments was installed on the lawn of the state capitol in Little Rock, Arkansas, authorities say a video shows Reed destroying it by driving his Dodge Dart into it at 20 miles per hour.
Reed was arrested at the scene by state capitol police officers and is charged with criminal trespass, first-degree criminal mischief, and defacing objects of public interest, reports The Washington Post.

In 2014, Reed crashed a car into a similar Ten Commandments monument on the capitol grounds in Oklahoma. That monument was replaced until the state's highest court ordered it removed.

Following that incident, a judge ordered Reed to get mental health treatment. He was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and sent a letter to the Tulsa World in which he described hearing voices in his head, his struggles with mental health issues, and apologized for his actions.

Reed also reportedly has spit on portraits in federal buildings, threatened former President Barack Obama, and set money alight.

Before the ramming incident in Oklahoma, Reed seemed to refer to it in a Facebook post.

"I'm a firm believer that for our salvation we not only have faith in Jesus Christ, but we also obey the commands of God and that we confess Jesus as Lord," he said. "But one thing I do not support is the violation of our constitutional right to have the freedom that's guaranteed to us, that guarantees us the separation of church and state, because no one religion should the government represent.

 

 

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Ian Marsh - 28 minutes ago
In 2014, Reed crashed a car into a similar Ten Commandments monument on the capitol grounds in Oklahoma.
Wilson Soto - 35 minutes ago
In 2014, Reed crashed a car into a similar Ten Commandments monument on the capitol grounds in Oklahoma.
Delila James - 37 minutes ago
In 2014, Reed crashed a car into a similar Ten Commandments monument on the capitol grounds in Oklahoma.
Andrew McDonald - Aug 19, 2017
In 2014, Reed crashed a car into a similar Ten Commandments monument on the capitol grounds in Oklahoma.
Adam Widmer - Aug 19, 2017
In 2014, Reed crashed a car into a similar Ten Commandments monument on the capitol grounds in Oklahoma.
Billy Kirk - Aug 19, 2017
In 2014, Reed crashed a car into a similar Ten Commandments monument on the capitol grounds in Oklahoma.
Joseph Scalise - Aug 19, 2017
In 2014, Reed crashed a car into a similar Ten Commandments monument on the capitol grounds in Oklahoma.