Morning Security Brief: Ferguson Protests Continue, Ebola Quarantine, Stadium Security, and Fake Security Screener

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

►Although no tear gas canisters were fired, the night was not entirely calm in Ferguson, Missouri. Pepper spray was used and there were 47 arrests made. CNN reports that 11 journalists were taken into custody since the protests began, and that others have been threatened with arrest. A Getty Images photographer, Scott Olson, was arrested, detained, and released with no charges. Getty has condemned the police action. Attorney General Eric Holder will arrive in the town today to review findings with FBI agents and Civil Rights Division prosecutors. "This is my pledge to the people of Ferguson: Our investigation into this matter will be full, it will be fair, and it will be independent. And beyond the investigation itself, we will work with the police, civil rights leaders, and members of the public to ensure that this tragedy can give rise to new understanding — and robust action — aimed at bridging persistent gaps between law enforcement officials and the communities we serve," said Holder.

►ABC News reports that Liberian security forces have been deployed to quarantine a slum, West Point, in the nation's capital, some of whose residents are believed to be infected with Ebola. A nightly curfew has also been established. According to ABC, "Armed soldiers and riot police began blocking anyone from entering or leaving the neighborhood. A resident saw a coast guard boat patrolling waters around the area. Mistrust of the government runs high in West Point, and, as frustration with government's inability to stop the spread of the disease grows, there is potential for unrest. One resident, Richard Kieh, told The Associated Press by phone that the community was in 'disarray' following the arrival of forces on Wednesday morning.

►Fans arriving at Yankee Stadium yesterday encountered metal detectors at one of the facility's gates--the first of a phase-in of detectors at all entrances. According CBS News New York, this comes after a mandate was issued by Major League Baseball to standardize security at all 30 ballparks. Baseball game attendees are being told to arrive earlier to beat the delays inevitably caused by screening.

►A man posing as a security screener at San Francisco Airport allegedly took several women into a private area for pat-downs, according to the U.S. Transportation Security Authority (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole. The man, who was dressed similarly to actual screeners even wore the blue latex gloves that genuine screeners use. (Uniforms are supplied by a private company at the airport, rather than the TSA.) The man was eventually spotted by actual screeners and arrested. He was later identified as Eric Singleton, who was holding a valid ticket to Hong Kong for the same day. "Authorities said that Mr. Slighton told police he had been drinking for several hours in a terminal lounge before going to the checkpoint where he was arrested," The New York Times notes.


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