Guard On CDC Elevator With President Apparently Wasn’t A Felon After All


An armed security guard on an elevator with President Obama had not been convicted of a felony, as previously reported, the Washington Post reports. The man, who worked for a private security contractor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was removed from the president's elevator during his Sept. 16 visit to Atlanta. The man was questioned by Secret Service agents after he did not comply with a request from agents that he stop recording images of the president with a camera.

Agents became concerned that the contractor might be a risk to the president because of his behavior; a background check on the guard discovered some prior arrests in his history. Under Secret Service protocols, people with arrests or convictions for assault and related offenses or any history of mental illness are typically barred from having any access to the President. The Post had described the man as a convicted felon. The guard was terminated the day of the presidential visit to the CDC. When his supervisor arrived to find agents questioning the guard, he told him to turn over his gun on the spot. (The New York Times said the man, identified as Kenneth Tate, had raised alarm because he went too close to Obama’s limousine.)

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