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Joseph Kent, man ‘kidnapped’ by Baltimore police on live TV, gets out today

Where is Joseph Kent? Soon, home.


Kevin Collier


Posted on Apr 30, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 10:58 pm CDT

Joseph Kent, the Baltimore man whose televised police “kidnapping” enraged the Internet, is set to be released today, Baltimore’s Central Booking and Intake Facility told the Daily Dot.

Kent was charged with violating the city’s 10 p.m. curfew, a CBIF employee said. The employee said she was instructed to not provide further information, and refused to say who had arrested Kent or to speculate on when on Thursday he would be set free.

He was one of many protesting in Baltimore after the police negligence-related death of Baltimore man Freddie Gray. Those protests have turned violent, with multiple officers reported injured, an unknown toll on civilians, and conflicting reports about who’s starting the violence.

Kent’s actual arrest, caught as if an afterthought on CNN right before 11 p.m. Tuesday night, provided a shocking image: a single man approaching a long line of riot police, suddenly swept away in a van with remarkable speed.

Stephen Beatty, a Baltimore lawyer who says he represents Kent, says his client has urged nonviolent protest.

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*First Published: Apr 30, 2015, 12:46 pm CDT