Man grabs mic from Kansas City mayor during speech

A man boldly jumped on stage with Kansas City's mayor and snatched the microphone from him to angrily criticize the city.

Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Mo., was interrupted during a speech Tuesday by a citizen who jumped on stage with him, The Kansas City Star reported.

The man reportedly snatched the microphone from James and began an angry tirade, the Star said. The news station reported that he was tackled by security officers.

KETV in Omaha reported that the man berated the city for being ineffective, but was stopped after 10 or 15 seconds. People in the audience said the man was yelling about a City Council member.

According to KETV, the man was removed from the theater where the mayor was speaking and taken to jail. He was unarmed.

James was delivering his State of the City speech at the time.

James, a 61-year-old former Marine military policeman, appeared unfazed by the incident and calmly resumed his speech.

The Kansas City Star quoted James as saying, "It's unfortunate that we have people who feel that somehow we have left them behind. I don't blame him for whatever feelings he wanted to express. I do have a small problem with the method."

"But," he continued, "no system is perfect, no city is perfect. We must be open to concepts and issues and complaints."

James said afterward that he never felt he was in danger.

The man was not identified.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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