The new Ten Commandments monument in Little Rock, Arkansas was seemingly destroyed this Wednesday. Behind the wheel of the vehicle crashing into the monument was none other than Michael Tate Reed of Van Buren, Arkansas. During the incident, Reed was heard screaming “freedom!”
The said Ten Commandments monument has been standing outside the state Capitol in Little Rock for less than a day, CBS News reports. The monument was seemingly destroyed in the incident and the man behind the wheel, Michael Tate Reed, has been convicted of destroying other monuments before.
Reed was placed in the Pulaski County jail on charges of defacing objects of public interest, criminal trespass and first-degree criminal mischief. It was then revealed that it has been three years since he was arrested for destroying another Ten Commandments monument but that time, it was in Oklahoma.
Reed streamed the act on Facebook Live and although the video was dark and hard to see, it was very clear that he did ram the Ten Commandments monument in Little Rock. Before the crime, Reed also streamed another Facebook Live video of him discussing his religious beliefs. In the video, he states that he does not support “violation of our constitutional right to have the freedom that guarantees us the separation of church and state.”
In an email sent to Tulsa World, Reed describes his mental health that led him into doing the crime. Reed describes the voices he has been hearing in his head and how these slowly became his reality. Aside from voices, Reed had hallucinations that pushed him to do several other accounts of erratic behavior.
In the email, Reed also describes his rather radical religious belief “it took three days, and I was all for this Satan being god thing. Even after growing up with God and reading the Bible, nothing was there to keep me from believing this lie,” says Reed.
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