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Do we have another Kanye West vs. Taylor Swift incident on our hands. That is what most people are reminded of after hearing about a Kansas City man who felt outraged and took it upon himself to interrupt the Mayor Sly James.
The incident happened while Mayor James gave his State if the City speech Monday. The angry man’s, Derron Black, frustrations may have sprung from his failed campaign for Missouri House just last year. He stormed his way onto the stage just a few minutes into the speech. A flustered Derron Black then took the microphone from and moved the Mayor over from his stance at the podium. He managed to utter an insult towards the Mayor before being tackled to the ground by security.
Black yelled to the crowd in Kansas City’s Gem Theatre, “This man just got through talking about exactly what the (expletive) he ain’t (expletive) did,” in response to James addressing the city’s successes of the past year and growth.
Mayor James patiently awaited for security to remove the rude disruption from the stage before proceeding with his speech. The audience praised his calm demeanor and profession behavior with a loud applause.
James took a moment to say, “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,”before returning to his prepared speech. He also offered that “..no system is perfect, no city is perfect. We must be open to the concepts and issues and complaints.”
The Mayor made sure to thank his security on Twitter, mentioning that it was the second incident in which they kept him out of harm’s way. The last one occurring at the Country Club Plaza in 2011 where there were gunshots.
“I am deeply grateful my security detail, Marlon and Casey, that is now twice when my security detail has saved me from harm. #lovemesomeKCPD”
A local station KCTV did not specify why Black targeted James. However, the station reported that other witnesses had seen at least one other outburst from Black at a past political event.