Tallahassee Democrat, “Protester arrested outside Governor’s Mansion after trapping himself in concrete-filled barrels”

A man protesting the handling of coronavirus in state prisons was taken into custody Friday morning after he trapped himself in two concrete-filled barrels outside the Governor’s Mansion, police said. 

Jordan Mazurek, 28, was first seen outside the fence of the mansion in downtown Tallahassee around 6 a.m. He identifies himself on social media as a sociologist from Fort Worth, Texas, and the “national organizer and co-creator of the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons.”

Tallahassee police officers tried to talk Mazurek out of the protest, spokesman Kevin Bradshaw said. When they realized he was not going to stop, they began using jackhammers to remove the concrete in the barrels surrounding his hands. The process took about two hours. He was freed shortly after 10:30 a.m.

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