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Baltimore Protester "Snatched" By Police On Live Television Released

Baltimore attorney Stephen Beatty tweeted that Joseph Kent, who was arrested Tuesday night, was released from jail Thursday morning.

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Update: Joseph Kent has been released from jail.

#JosephKent IS A FREE MAN! MORE TO FOLLOW!

Stephen Beatty, Joseph Kent's lawyer, appeared on CNN Wednesday night and said his client is still in jail and had not seen the commissioner, almost 24 hours after he was arrested.

Beatty met with Kent around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday and said Kent is safe and physically okay.

The lawyer also explained that Kent was out past Baltimore's imposed curfew to tell the crowds to disperse and go home.

Kent is "a well known community activist," Beatty said. "He's known as a peacemaker."

Joseph Kent, a protester who gained recognition during Baltimore's demonstrations was apparently arrested Tuesday night after the city's imposed curfew — and CNN cameras aired the incident live.

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CNN footage shows Kent standing with his hands in the air around 10:40 p.m. The video shows a number of law enforcement officers surrounding Kent, as a National Guard humvee comes into the shot and blocks the camera. The moment officers swarm him can be seen at the 0:34 mark.

"They drove the vehicle up and when it got close enough to create a wedge they ran out and grabbed him, pinned him against that, and arrested him," CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said.

Kent, 21, is a Morgan State University student known in Baltimore as a vocal activist. He helped organize Baltimore's protests against the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, according to City Paper.

Viewers who witnessed the arrest on television tweeted that Kent was "snatched" and "kidnapped" by police, and demanded his immediate release.

They really need to find where Joseph Kent is they really snatched bruh quick

I hope Joseph Kent really is safe (as safe as he can be) but cops still snatched him mafioso-style. Is that in their police training?

When Joseph Kent got snatched up, it reminded me of movies where someone vanishes after a vehicle passes them. #BaltimoreUprising

WTF @BaltimorePolice you kidnapped Joseph Kent on national TV. I didn't see that his rights were read or anything

Baltimore lawyer Stephen Beatty said that Kent was brought to the city's Central Booking and Intake Facility.

1/2 Re: #JosephKent As a service to the community I can confirm that Mr. Kent is at CBIF awaiting processing. Report is he is ok and safe.

"Due to large numbers of arrests, processing is slow. He is not even in system yet. More will be known in about five hours. I do not yet rep him although I will gladly if he wants me to. But everyone breathe. No longer in [Baltimore Police Department] hands. [Correctional officers] have him. Safer," Beatty tweeted around 2 a.m. EST.

Beatty, who Kent retained as his lawyer, tweeted Wednesday morning that Kent's name is not on the list of people being presented for bail reviews. He is attempting to have Kent's hearing expedited and hopes that the commissioner will release him on recognizance.

Messages to Beatty and the Baltimore Police Department were not immediately returned.

Ten people were arrested Tuesday, including two for looting, one for disorderly conduct, and seven for violating the curfew order, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said.

Update:

Re: #JosephKent Mr. Kent has retained me as his attorney.I spoke with him for 20 minutes eye to eye.He is healthy and positive.More to come.

Mary Ann Georgantopoulos is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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