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Derron Black is told to keep his distance from KC mayor

Updated: 2013-10-10T22:15:49Z


The Kansas City Star

The man accused of disrupting Kansas City Mayor Sly James’ State of the City speech got a stern judicial reminder Thursday that he is not to come anywhere near the mayor before his trial.

Jackson County Circuit Judge Sandra Midkiff told Derron Black he must stay at least 50 yards away from the mayor at all times and have no video or audio equipment within that distance. Nor is he to come anywhere near the mayor’s office or council chamber at City Hall.

“The bottom line is, you have no contact with Mayor Sly James,” Midkiff said, adding that the mayor or any other elected officials should be allowed to go through their day without fear of a threat.

Black was charged with two misdemeanors after he interrupted the mayor’s March 19 speech at the Gem Theater and had to be subdued by police. One condition of his bond was that he have no contact with the mayor, his office or his staff. His trial is scheduled for February.

The Jackson County prosecutor’s office filed a motion to revoke his bond after Black got close to the mayor at an Oct. 1 outdoor event at 25th Street and Troost Avenue.

In court on Thursday, Casey Jones, one of James’ two police-provided bodyguards, testified that Black had been at the back of the crowd with a video camera but then moved to the front and came within 10 feet of the mayor. Jones said that when the other bodyguard, Marlon Buie, told Black that he shouldn’t be there, Black replied that he had a right to be there and wasn’t aware of any no-contact order.

Jones said Black didn’t leave until he was escorted away by three uniformed officers.

Midkiff said she found it hard to believe that Black wasn’t aware of the no-contact order, but she wasn’t ready to revoke his bond. However, she said that if any more incidents occurred, she would.

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