Man pleads not guilty to disrupting mayor's speech

AP News
Posted: Apr 04, 2013 1:56 PM

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 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' March 19 speech by storming on stage and yelling into the microphone for a few seconds before he was dragged off, handcuffed and taken to jail.

James delivered the rest of his speech and said he never felt in harm's way.

Police Chief Darryl Forte has said Black's anger was not directed at the mayor.


Information from: The Kansas City Star,