NEW YORK—Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s final address at the Veterans Day ceremony at Madison Square Park was interrupted by a heckler on Monday.
The mayor, who arrived after the festivities started due to heavy traffic, was interrupted by mid-way through his short speech.
A man seated near the front and dressed in a camouflage jacket stood up just after Bloomberg congratulated Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio on his victory. The man shouted an expletive, to which the mayor said, “thank you sir, we appreciate that.”
It took several seconds before the mayor’s security detail approached the man, who continued to yell “power to the people” with his arm raised, and escorted him out. The man yelled, “stop, stop and frisk” while being hauled away.
The mayor took the criticism in stride and used the opportunity to tie in a message of freedom on Veterans Day.
“Let me just point out something. In no other country could somebody do that. Just remember that,” Bloomberg said to laughs and claps from the audience.
Uh, huh - tell that to the people orange netted, maced or arrested during Occupy protests.