The sign nailed to the Governor’s Mansion by a man on Jan. 20, 2020. (Courtesy Photo)

The sign nailed to the Governor’s Mansion by a man on Jan. 20, 2020. (Courtesy Photo)

Police nail man for hammering message to governor’s mansion front door

The contents of the sign are unknown at this time.

A man ran into trouble with the law for nailing a sign to the front door of the Governor’s Mansion on Monday afternoon.

David Aaron Powell, 54, was cited for misdemeanor criminal mischief for causing an estimated $450 in damage to the government-owned building on Calhoun Avenue, police said in an online Daily Bulletin post.

A photo of the sign has circulated online, showing a lengthy bit of writing in red ink signed by a flourish on a piece of cardboard, but the text is illegible. A hammer and nails are also visible beneath the sign in the photo.

The citation was not available to the public as of Wednesday, so it’s still unknown what the sign said.

The Empire reached out to Powell for comment but has been unable to contact him.

He is due to appear in court on Jan. 27 for an arraignment.

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