Shocking Video Shows Baltimore Protester Vanish in a Crowd of Police on Live TV
Following hours of peaceful demonstrations, Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony Batts pronounced the city "stable" at a news conference Tuesday night, saying, "The curfew is, in fact, working." Now video of protester Joseph Kent being arrested is showing just what the commissioner means by "working."
Footage appears to show National Guard soldiers descending upon Kent, a 21-year-old protester violating the curfew, and forcibly bundling him into the back of an armored car. Kent was walking and had his hands up when the abduction occurred. The suddenness and speed of the maneuver had many online calling it a kidnapping.
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It remains unclear where police are holding Kent, whose LinkedIn page identifies him as a music student at Baltimore's Morgan State University. Kent, no stranger to the modern civil rights movement, has previously been referred to as "Martin Luther King with tattoos and gold fronts," and has in the past advocated nonviolence. "Everyone knows me at Morgan already, organizing and making sure everything running the correct way and peaceful and everything like that," he told Baltimore's City Paper during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.
While details are still emerging surrounding the incident, it seems the police presence in Baltimore is taking almost any measure to ensure the peace.