Whitner was charged April 13 with aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He made a brief appearance Tuesday in Cleveland Municipal Court.
A preliminary hearing will be set on the charges. Whitner left the courtroom without commenting.
Police say they used a stun gun on Whitner, 23, and handcuffed him when he tried to force his way past officers trying to control a crowd outside a nightclub on April 11. They say it was unclear why he was trying to leave the club and head for the melee outside.
Since then, Whitner has apologized.
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