Why one man keeps ramming his car into Ten Commandments statues on government property
In the video, the Arkansas Capitol dome can be lit up against the night sky while the Dodge Dart accelerates to 10, then 20 km / h.
“Oh, my God,” said a man as he passed the car lights. “Freedom!”
The vehicle accelerates the hill, and the last thing that happens before an accident or a large newly installed monument.
Authorities say the man in the video is Michael Tate Reed, a presumed serial destroyer of the Ten Commandments monuments.
He was arrested this morning by state police officers, according to Chris Powell, a spokesman for the Arkansas Secretary of State. Reed is charged with trespassing, first-degree property damage, and disfigurement of public objects.
This object of public interest was a three-ton granite monument that had been installed less than 24 hours before his violent death before dawn on the southwest lawn of the state capital at Little Rock.
Crews cleared the scene of the accident late Wednesday morning and took the broken pieces in storage, Powell said. Jason Rapert, a senator from the state of Arkansas who led the movement to build the monument, said a replacement has already been ordered, according to the Arkansas Gazette.
“This law will be filled, and we will raise the money to make sure it is delivered where it should be,” he told the newspaper.
Reed could not be reached for comment. Powell told The Washington Post he was not sure whether Reed had been released from prison.
According to the Associated Press, a law in 2015 requiring Arkansas to allow the display of the Ten Commandments near the capital. But groups defending a strong separation between church and state have criticized the placement of a biblical statue on the grounds of state government headquarters.
Following the announcement of plans for the Ten Commandments monument, the satanic temple pressed for a statue of the Baphomet contest, a goose-headed creature angel wings and accompanied by two sons of the sourivaient, the AP reported.
Other states have wrestled with similar controversies Ten Commandments, including Oklahoma, which installed a monument of 4,800 books on its capital camp in 2012.
In 2014, Reed drove a car into the monument, Powell said. But it was replaced and was on the ground in the capital until the state Supreme Court ruled that it had to be withdrawn, according to Abby Phillip Washington Post.
According to the World Tulsa Organization, a judge ordered Reed to receive mental health treatment after the incident. He was diagnosed with a schizoaffective disorder and was released under an agreement that forced him to continue his treatment.
An informal letter was sent to the newspaper apologizing and describing the voices in his head and his attempts to recover from mental health problems.
He also explained an incident in which the voices told him to drop his car against other cars, but destroyed a middle of the road. In the past, he entered federal buildings to spit portraits, threatened former President Barack Obama and put money on fire, according to the world.
Reed seems to refer to the Oklahoma rollover incident in a Facebook message before he was hit by the Arkansas statue.
“I firmly believe that for our salvation, we not only have faith in Jesus Christ, but by obeying the commandments of God and confessing Jesus as Lord,” he said in the post.
“But one thing I can not stand is the violation of our constitutional right to freedom guarantees us, guarantees us the separation of church and state, because no religion should represent the government.”