LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on the destruction of Arkansas’ Ten Commandments monument outside the state Capitol (all times local):
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas is condemning the destruction of a Ten Commandments monument at the Arkansas Capitol, and says it’s still committed to having the display struck down in the courts.
The ACLU of Arkansas’ executive director, Rita Sklar, said Wednesday the group strongly condemns any illegal act of destruction or vandalism. Police arrested an Arkansas man and said he intentionally drove his vehicle into the Ten Commandments monument, which had been installed just a day earlier.
The ACLU has said it plans to challenge the display in federal court.
The organization that raised money for Arkansas’ Ten Commandments monument says the group has already ordered a replacement.
Travis Story is the general counsel of the American History and Heritage Foundation. He says it will likely take a couple months before a new monument is installed at Arkansas’ Capitol after the previous monument was destroyed early Wednesday.
Police arrested an Arkansas man and said he intentionally drove his vehicle into the Ten Commandments monument, which had been installed just a day earlier.
Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who signed the legislation requiring the monument’s installation, called its destruction “very troubling.”
A sheriff’s department spokesman in Oklahoma says a man arrested in the destruction of Arkansas’ Ten Commandments monument is the same man who crashed his vehicle into Oklahoma’s monument in 2014.
Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Opgrande tells The Associated Press that Michael Tate Reed of Van Buren, Arkansas, was arrested in October 2014 in the destruction of Oklahoma’s Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol.
Reed was taken to hospital in Oklahoma for mental health treatment and never formally charged in that case.
Authorities believe the 32-year-old Reed drove his vehicle into Arkansas’ Ten Commandments monument early Wednesday, smashing it to pieces. A Facebook Live video shot early Wednesday and posted on an account belonging to a Michael Reed appears to show the destruction of the monument.
The lawmaker behind a Ten Commandments monument at the Arkansas state Capitol is calling the statue’s destruction “an act of violence” and says he expects to be able to raise funds quickly to replace the display.
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