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Man who interrupted mayor's news conference charged, announces plans to run for mayor

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The Kansas City man who interrupted Mayor Sly James' State of the City address on Tuesday has been charged with two misdemeanor counts, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced the following day.

Derron L. Black, 31, faces charges of third-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, a Class A misdemeanor, and obstructing government operations, a Class B misdemeanor.

He was released from Kansas City Jail at 1:45 p.m., free on bond. He shook hands with police Chief Darryl Forte, who was outside talking to the media. Black hugged his family and friends before leaving.

According to court records filed Wednesday, a police officer guarding James grabbed Black after he interrupted the mayor and began shouting obscenities, but Black resisted by punching and swinging his arms.

The officer got a cut to the neck and suffered bruises 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.

James spoke out Wednesday morning as he was interviewed on CNN.

"People are going to be around me, and they are going to be around me all the time. I don't want to set up the situation where the security is such that people don't feel that I am approachable. I'm not the president; I'm the mayor of the city. I'm supposed to be out with the people and talking to them," James said.

Black, the man who caught everyone by surprise Tuesday when he jumped in front of the major's microphone, isn't done trying to capture people's attention - now he said he is running for mayor.

Black's campaign manager, Jeff Francis, said he likes his passion and his courage.

"He doesn't go with the flow. He doesn't flow with the bureaucracy. He sticks up for the underdog, and not only does he stand up, he really goes to the mat," Francis said. "I think he would make an excellent mayor, in the sense of he is not easily swayed one way or another. But he understands the issues, and he understands police and he understands fairness."

Reporters asked him about the decision while he was leaving police headquarters but, this time, Black refused to speak and was instead led into a car and driven away.

Prosecutors requested Black's bond be set at $5,000/10 percent, making it about $490 and that Black not contact the mayor's office or its employees.

"You know, you just don't make your point well when you try to make it that way and the whole issue. No one is talking about what he wanted to say - they are talking about the way he wanted to say it. That's not good," Kansas City, MO, Mayor Sly James said while at an event for 42, the new Jackie Robinson film, at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

While at the event at 18th and Vine streets, James' two security officers assigned with him were back on the job, and the mayor had a message for Black.

"You need to understand that you need to work out problems in ways that don't have and not insight or imply or suggest violence in anyway. And that's especially bad when everyone involved in the whole picture frame happened to be black. It makes my stomach turn," James said. 

"I don't think it was politically correct, but it was somewhat effective because it seems like the whole country sees his point now," Francis said of Black's approach to getting his opinions out.

Francis said that, once Black got out of jail, he would have a news conference Wednesday at 2 p.m. to announce that he's running for mayor in 2015, but they postponed the announcement until Thursday so Black could get himself together.

In the meantime, Francis said Black wants to be mayor to stand up for people who have been forgotten.

"We don't have money for this. Any idea west of Troost they can find the funding for, but anything east of Troost, it's a hard time - a lot of red tape and his thing is with the bureaucracy," Francis said.

James said he is willing to talk with Black over the telephone about his concerns. 

Under Missouri law, a defendant convicted of a Class A misdemeanor faces up to one year in jail or a fine of up to $1,000; being convicted of a Class B, the defendant faces up to 6 months in jail or a fine up to $500.

KCTV5's Chris Oberholtz contributed to this report.

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