The Baltimore riots took on a bizarre twist Tuesday when protesters charged police with “kidnapping” a prominent black community organizer.
The man in question, Joseph Kent, is a well known student activist who attends Morgan State University and had previously organized protests in the Baltimore community in response to events in Ferguson, Mo., according to Heavy.com.
There is a video of Kent being taken into custody by police.
He is seen in the video walking back in forth in front of a line of officers, when suddenly several cops step forward, surround him and pull him behind police lines.
Darrell Bouldin, a social media user who identifies himself as a Tennessee Young Democrats executive, posted the video on Twitter, calling it a “blackbag kidnapping.”
An arrest should NEVER look like this in a democracy. This is like blackbag kidnapping. #JosephKent#Baltimorepic.twitter.com/02aGdM98Z9
— Darrell Bouldin (@DarrellBouldin) April 29, 2015
With descriptions such as this, hysteria was sure to follow. Social media users claim Kent was “snatched” for no reason and called on police to “release” him. Of course, this disregards the fact that the student was violating a 10 p.m. curfew in effect.
As of this writing, police have not issued any ransom demands – I kid!
Here is a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Snatched yo for no reason pic.twitter.com/z04twTbTIY
— Arthur Washington Jr (@CharlesDarkley_) April 29, 2015
#JosephKent was kidnapped by Baltimore law enforcement officers on live television. pic.twitter.com/diU8FZbDD7
— Broderick Greer (@BroderickGreer) April 29, 2015
I think #JosephKent is going to be all over the news tomorrow. That is one heck of a story for @CNN to broadcast and entirely miss.
— Sean Jordan (@seanjjordan) April 29, 2015
Find #JosephKent before he’s murdered by @BaltimorePolice. Please find this young man #WhereIsJosephKent pic.twitter.com/qT3WGPO9qZ
— C E E J (@ImJustCeej) April 29, 2015
You @MayorSRB can defend @BaltimorePolice all you want. But MAKE SURE #JosephKent IS RELEASED UNHARMED. We saw his condition upon arrest.
— Only Human (@leahmcelrath) April 29, 2015
@ITSDJFLOW @CharlesDarkley_ it was like a ninja move. Hopefully he gets let go.
— Hiphopcleopatra (@HipHopCleopatra) April 29, 2015
Where is #JosephKent? We saw them take him. And I’m sure the Baltimore Police have no answers, like usual. #BaltimoreUprising
— deray mckesson (@deray) April 29, 2015
Hell hasn’t set foot on this earth, but it will if #JosephKent isn’t found unharmed in the circumstances that he was kidnapped by police.
— Ix_xI (@FrankieAngel_P) April 29, 2015
Where is #JosephKent stay awake people
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) April 29, 2015
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