KANSAS CITY, Mo.—A 31-year-old Kansas City man has been charged with two misdemeanors after commandeering the microphone from Mayor Sly James during a speech.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker says in a release that Derron L. Black was charged Wednesday with third-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and obstructing government operations.
Baker says a police officer guarding James grabbed Black after Black interrupted the mayor’s speech Tuesday and began shouting into the microphone. She says Black resisted by “punching and swinging his arms” and that the officer was cut on his neck and had bruising to his arm. Baker says Black also acknowledged in a statement to police that he threw a city flag to the floor and yelled obscenities.
Online court records don’t list a lawyer for Black.