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Baltimore Police, National Guard 'Snatch And Grab' Protester (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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The City of Baltimore began its 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew on April 28, which was enforced by local police and the Maryland National Guard.

Not all of the crowds dispersed, including protester Joseph Kent, who was also present in Ferguson last year at protests.

As Kent walked in front of a line of police officers after curfew, a National Guard Humvee slowly drove up and blocked CNN's TV camera (video below), noted Mashable.com.

Police raced forward and quickly shoved the 21-year-old Morgan State University student into the armored vehicle, in what is known as a "snatch and grab."

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There was outrage on Twitter, accusations of a state-sponsored kidnapping and demands that authorities free Kent.

USA Today contacted the Baltimore Police Department about Kent, but there has been no response.

The Baltimore Police Department continues to be heavily criticized for its lack of information surrounding the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Gray died of a spinal cord injury while in police custody, sparking protests and riots in Baltimore.

Steve Beatty, a Baltimore lawyer who does not represent Kent, has been tweeting updates about Kent at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center.

In These Times magazine noted in 2012 that "snatch and grab" was becoming more common among police.

Sources: Mashable.com, USA Today, In These Times, Twitter
Image Credit: CNN Screenshot