Baltimore protester’s creepy arrest on live TV prompts concerns of ‘blackbag kidnapping’
An activist’s arrest on live television is prompting accusations that police “kidnapped” the college student.
Joseph Kent, a 21-year-old Morgan State student and civil rights activist, was telling demonstrators to disperse Tuesday night after the 10 p.m. curfew as a line of police officers stood by in riot gear.
CNN was broadcasting live when a National Guard armored car drove directly toward Kent and some of the officers pushed him behind the Humvee, which drove off.
The camera followed the armored vehicle, leaving many to conclude Kent had been shoved inside.
“They ran out and grabbed him … and then arrested him,” reported CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
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Kent gained attention during protests in Baltimore over the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
The music student was credited in some reports as helping to keep protests peaceful and organized.
Baltimore police could not be reached for comment on Kent’s arrest.
A local attorney said Kent had apparently been booked into jail but was not among those who will be presented for bail on Wednesday.
Watch video of the arrest posted online by CNN: