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Am.F. councilman pleads not guilty to infraction

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City Councilman George Brown pleaded not guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct in 4th District Court in American Fork Wednesday.

Brown allegedly browbeat several city employees and grasped the arm of a police officer during a brouhaha at City Hall June 25. Brown is charged with an infraction, which carries a maximum sentence of a $750 fine in the case of conviction. Judge Joseph I. Dimick set a pre-trial conference for Nov. 26.Brown has said he believes the charge is retaliation from the city's police department for his call for an investigation of American Fork police. Brown wanted an independent agency to look into allegations of police misconduct made by residents and Mayor Jess Green.

City prosecutor James Tucker Hansen originally turned the case over to Provo attorney Rod Rivers, who made the decision to file charges against Brown. However, Rivers later cited a conflict of interest and withdrew from the case. Provo attorney Kim Buhler is now acting as prosecutor for the city.