LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas man was arrested on Wednesday after he destroyed a Ten Commandments monument that had been installed just yesterday on the grounds of the Arkansas capitol building.
Michael Tate Reed, 32, of Van Buren was taken into custody on charges of defacing objects of public interest, criminal trespass and first-degree criminal mischief. Reed recorded himself destroying the monument under the cover of darkness, driving his car into the decalogue and yelling “freedom!”
He posted the video to Facebook at approximately 5 a.m. local time. (See end of report.)
Reed identifies himself as a Christian and a “Pentecostal Jesus freak” on his Facebook page, but some of his posts are obscure and confuddled, and followers have urged him to get help in observing his mental health struggles.
“If tonight doesn’t go down like I’ve seen and been told, I promise I will go to Valley hospital and have them court order me on meds,” he wrote on Tuesday.