Montana man charged with knocking down Ten Commandments monument

A Montana man has been charged with felony criminal mischief after he allegedly pulled down a Ten Commandments monument outside a courthouse, according to officials.

Police arrested Anthony Weimer after callers reported seeing a man at the Flathead County Courthouse in Kalispell attach a chain to a pickup and pull down the monument into the street on Saturday. Officers later located the truck, but are unsure what prompted the vandalism.

Kalispell County Council was asked to take possession of the statue and six others in 2011, according to a report from the Associated Press. The council declined, citing concerns over a First Amendment lawsuit about the separation of church and state. The Fraternal Order of the Eagles, which gave the monument to Flathead County in 1950, took possession of the monument again prior to 2011. It was later moved to the courthouse during renovations.

Weimer has a court appearance on Monday, according to online records. DISRN

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