KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man accused of disrupting a speech by Mayor Sly James has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges in the case.
The Kansas City Star reports that Derron Black pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of third-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and obstructing government operations. He also requested a public defender and is due back in court April 18.
Black is accused of interrupting James' speech March 19 by storming on stage and yelling into the microphone for a few seconds before he was handcuffed and taken to jail.
James delivered the rest of his speech and said he never felt in harm's way.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com
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