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Baltimore authorities are saying little about a man they grabbed on live TV

As of press time, he'd been in holding for more than 11 hours.


Kevin Collier


Published Apr 29, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 11:11 pm CDT

Joseph Kent, the Baltimore protester whose brusque detainment during police-brutality protests was captured on national television, is still awaiting processing, according to city officials.

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Kent was apparently detained for violating the city’s 10p.m. curfew, which was instituted after violent clashes between police and civilians stemming from anger at suspicious death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray in police custody. Mashable, which named Kent as the man who was detained, also reported that he is a 21-year-old student at Morgan State University and had been a prominent figure in similar police-brutality protests in Ferguson, Mo.

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When footage of Kent’s detainment first aired on CNN, the anchors seemed oblivious to what had happened.

Social media soon lit up with tweets condemning law enforcement’s apparent disregard for due process while detaining Kent.

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Employees at Baltimore’s Central Booking and Intake Facility told the Daily Dot on Wednesday morning that a man named Joseph Kent was indeed processed around midnight on Tuesday.

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The CBIF, which was clearly busy, offered little other information, noting that “his paperwork hasn’t been entered into our system yet” and that Kent was “still waiting to see the commissioner.”

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*First Published: Apr 29, 2015, 1:10 pm CDT