Arkansas' new Ten Commandments monument at Capitol destroyed
Jun 28 2017 by Larry Hoffman
Secretary of State's Office spokesman Chris Powell says Capitol Police arrested the male suspect early Wednesday.
The Ten Commandments Monument drew a lot of criticism from the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and other groups who accuse the State of Arkansas of promoting one religion over another. A 32-year-old man allegedly drove through the monument while filming himself.
Workers are using a tractor to remove pieces of the NOW destroyed, controversial 10 Commandments monument from the AR State Capitol grounds.
At the installation ceremony in Little Rock on Tuesday, Republican state Senator Jason Rapert noted that the Ten Commandments were chiseled into the portals of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Rapert signed the law, Act S1231, that required the stone be built somewhere on the state capitol.
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Reed's family insisted that crashing into the Ten Commandments monument was not a religious or political statement, but rather a result of a mental health issue. He says he believes there won't be a problem raising the funds needed for it.
The American Heritage and History Foundation raised more than $26,000 to build the 6 foot, 6,000 pound tablet through a GoFundMe page created by Rapert on its behalf. That driver was identified as Michael Tate Reed of Van Buren, Arkansas. He 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. He was caught three years ago after destroying a similar statue outside the courthouse in Oklahoma City, OK. The news service says it's not clear whether the man is the same Michael T. Reed of Van Buren accused of mowing down the Arkansas monument. "And today we have now, through the support of people all over the country, mostly from Arkansas, been able to erect this monument at zero taxpayer expense". His motive hasn't been released, but he destroyed a monument in 2014 at the Oklahoma Capitol, blaming psychotic breaks. "When I got here it was rolled over on the sidewalk and broken into multiple pieces".
Michael Tate Reed, 32, was arrested after Capitol police saw him drive onto the Capitol grounds in Little Rock and intentionally ram his vehicle into the monument, according to Chris Powell, a spokesman for the Arkansas secretary of state.