Not everyone in Baltimore is abiding by the city’s imposed 10 p.m. curfew, and at least one protestor was nabbed on live TV for the violation. The way it played out, however, was more shady than your typical arrest — though also kind of impressively orchestrated.
Larry Wilmore opened Wednesday’s show by sharing a CNN clip, which kind of has to be seen to be believed — and even followed, for that matter. While two talking heads spoke off-camera, a young African-American male was seen taunting police around 10:10 p.m. ET. Immediately, a Humvee drove into frame, blocking the cable news camera for just a few moments. When the vehicle continued on after a couple of seconds, the protestor was just gone without a trace.
“Did you see that? The brother just disappeared,” Wilmore said. “What did they do to the brother? He’s gone! The brother’s just gone! Oh my God!”
“What the — now, that is some gangster shit right there,” the Comedy Central personality continued. “If your gang is called the National Guard.”
“Do you not remember that Baltimore erupted because of a young, black man was killed in a mysterious police van ride?” Wilmore reminded cops and viewers. “Then on national television, you have a mysterious police vehicle show up and disappear another brother?”
“Presto Change-o, no more negro!” the “Nightly Show” summed up the maneuver, which he likened to a trick from a “klan-rally magician.”