Protestor at mayor’s speech is charged

The prosecutor has charged the man who interrupted Mayor Sly James’ State of the City speech with two misdemeanor counts.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Derron L. Black, 31, faces charges of assault on a law enforcement officer and obstructing government operations.

According to a press release based on court records, when a police officer guarding Mayor James grabbed Black after he interrupted the mayor and began shouting obscenities, Black resisted by punching and swinging his arms. The officer sustained a laceration to the neck and bruising to his arm. He was treated at North Kansas City Hospital on Tuesday. Black acknowledged in a statement to police that he interrupted the mayor by throwing a flag to the floor and yelling obscenities.

Prosecutors requested a bond and that the defendant not contact the mayor’s office or its employees.

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