A Ten Commandments stone monument at the Arkansas State Capitol was destroyed less than 24 hours after it was installed. Police said 32-year-old Michael Tate Reed drove his car into the stone monument Wednesday morning.
Reed live-streamed the incident on Facebook, with the caption "Freedom."
Governor Mike Huckabee called the man stupid.
The monument was a controversial issue in Arkansas for over two years and was finally approved in May. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas believed the monument was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.
"If they put it up, they're going to signal to people who don't subscribe to that particular version of the commandments and non-believers they are second-class citizens," Holly Dickson, the ACLU's legal director, told U.S. News and World Report.
Supporters of the installment said that it symbolized the important role the Ten Commandments played in the country's government and law. It is unclear if the monument will be rebuilt at this time.
A local Tegna affiliate, THV 11, said that Reed is facing charges of "defacing an object of public interest, criminal trespassing and first degree criminal mischief."
Some felt the incident was motivated by liberalism.