Where Is The Baltimore Protestor "Abducted" By Police On Live TV? [UPDATED]

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The disappearance of activist Joseph Kent has caused an outrage on social media.

The widely shared video clip of Baltimore protestor, who was taken into custody by the police, has created frenzy on social media. The man was identified as a prominent student campaigner and activist Joseph Kent after the footage of his “abduction” was captured by CNN.

The video shows the 21-year-old walking across a street with his hands up, peacefully addressing the protestors, when an armored vehicle drives towards him and partially blocks the camera. The police then seemingly bundle him into the vehicle because once the van moves out of camera’s view, Kent is nowhere to be seen.

This incident is being dubbed as an “abduction” instead of arrest not only because the timing suggests police could not have read Kent his Miranda Rights, but because of the way he was taken away.

Joseph Kent's lawyer, Stephen Beatty, tweeted Wednesday that he had spoken with Kent and that he is "healthy and postive." Beatty told CNN Kent is at Baltimore Central Booking and still waiting to be processed and have his bail set. 

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Joseph Kent is a music student and an administrative assistant at Morgan State University. In addition to that, he is widely recognized for organizing Baltimore’s protests against the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Local media dubbed him as a “leader” after he marched downtown from his university during last year’s demonstrations.

“Everyone knows me at Morgan already, organizing and making sure everything running the correct way and peaceful and everything like that,” he told a newspaper last year. “So, everybody already knows I’m going to do things the right way, so when everybody else and community people and civilians and people who joined and saw that the Morgan students were looking up to it, before you knew it, the whole city was on my back and I was just carrying the whole city.”

The student activist’s disappearance has sparked an outrage on Twitter.

Social media users are also worried that Kent might not be the only one “kidnapped” by the authorities.

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UPDATE:

After the dramatic arrest sparked a public outcry, a local attorney Steve Beatty agreed to defend Joseph Kent and went to Baltimore Central Booking & Intake Center to track him down. He later confirmed that the activist is currently at the center, waiting to be processed.

“He has very minor abrasions on the backs of his hands [from] when they jostled him around with the equipment, the Plexiglas shields, rough take-down,” said the lawyer. “[Kent is in] very good spirits, very positive, looking forward to getting out. He was amused when I explained that he had created a national frenzy. When I explained that everyone was showing such concern for him being snatched up on national television like that, he wanted me to get the message out that he was OK. The way he put it is that he didn't want anyone chanting his name.”

He was arrested for breaking the 10 p.m. curfew, according to the police.

The Baltimore Office of the Public Defender announced that 101 people arrested during Monday's riots were released from the facility without any charges. Kent, however, is not one of those released.

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