Man Films Himself Smashing Ten Commandments Monument (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A man is accused of filming himself driving a car into a 6-foot-tall stone Ten Commandments monument in the early morning hours of June 28 in Little Rock, Arkansas (video below).

Officials said Michael Tate Reed drove his car into the monument and livestreamed the vandalism on Facebook, notes Arkansas Online.

A video of a man appearing to smash into a monument on the Arkansas Capitol grounds was posted on a Facebook page that belongs to a user named Michael Reed.

In the video, the man yells, "Oh my goodness, freedom!" while he crashes the vehicle. The word "Freedom" also accompanied the Facebook posting.

Cpl. Chad Durham wrote in the arrest report that a dark-colored vehicle started "from a stopped position and [rammed] the Ten Commandments monument" at about 4:45 a.m, reports Arkansas Online.

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Durham wrote: "I immediately exited my vehicle and placed the subject in custody."

According Durham's report, Reed was transported to a hospital, and then the Pulaski County jail.

Durham listed Reed as "unemployed/disabled" in the report.

Reed was charged with first-degree criminal mischief, defacing objects of public respect and trespassing on Capitol grounds.

Chris Powell, a spokesman with the Arkansas Secretary of State's Office, said the religious monument, which sits on government property, was controversial: "We had some concerns, just because this was such a highly charged issue with some people."

Republican state Sen. Jason Rapert, who worked on the bill to have the statue installed, called the monument's destruction "an act of violence," and said funds would be raised to replace it.

Another video posted on Michael Reed's Facebook page on June 28 showed a man sitting in his car and stating his belief in the separation of church and state:

Hello, this is Michael Reed. I'm a firm believer that part of salvation is that we not only have faith in Jesus Christ, but we obey the commands of God, and that we confess Jesus as Lord.

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. There's no one religion the government should represent.

KOCO reported in 2014 that Reed was accused of driving into a Ten Commandments monument near the state capitol building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

At the time, Secret Service officials said Reed told them Satan had instructed him to do the deed. Reed allegedly confessed to saying that he would kill President Barack Obama, and spat on a picture of Obama. Reed reportedly said he urinated on the Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma before crashing into it.

Reed's mother, Crystal Tucker, told KOCO that her son had been dealing with mental breakdowns for two years following an accident at work four years ago.

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