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Hassan Aden, retired NC Muslim police chief, detained at JFK airport for 90 minutes

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Washington: Hassan Aden, an ex North Carolina police chief was reportedly detained at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York while coming back from Paris, where he had gone to see his ailing mother. A Chicago Tribune report says that the 52 year old Aden from Alexandria, Virginia spent 26 years with the Alexandria Police Department. He became the chief of police in Greenville, North Carolina.

It was only in the year 2015, that the former head of police in Greenville, North Carolina retired from his job.

Following his detention for 90 minutes at JFK Airport in New York, the former chief cop said he will be approaching to the State Department and Federal Court of Justice, over what happened to him.

hassan adenAfter being back from harrowing question at the airport, Hassan said in a Facebook post, “I spent nearly 30 years serving the public in law enforcement. Since I retired as the Chief of Police in Greenville, NC, I founded a successful consulting firm that is involved in virtually every aspect of police and criminal justice reform. I interface with high level U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Court officials almost daily. Prior to this administration, I frequently attended meetings at the White House and advised on national police policy reforms-all that to say that If this can happen to me, it can happen to anyone with attributes that can be ‘profiled.’ No one is safe from this type of unlawful government intrusion”.

Aden, son of a Somali father and Italian mother is an Italian-born naturalized American citizen. He is living in the US for the last 42 years. The former police officer said that he was escorted to a makeshift office, and not allowed to use his cellphone and given little information about the reason for the holdup. While he said one official said he was not being detained, inside the room, where there were three desks staffed by CBP employees and two dozen chairs, signs read “Remain seated at all times” and “Use of telephones strictly prohibited.”

Hassan aden and wifeHassan said he was told that his name was used as an alias by some criminal elements. Hassan is a common Muslim name and millions of Muslims, both Shia and Sunni use it. In a Facebook post Hassan said, “I happily boarded my flight to return to the United States-something I have done countless times for 42 years after becoming a U.S. citizen. I had an enjoyable flight to New York’s JFK International Airport…On all of my prior trips, I was greeted by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers with a warm smile and the usual, ‘Welcome home sir.’ Not this time.”

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