For­mer po­lice chief: I was de­tained at JFK Air­port be­cause of name

Austin American-Statesman - - MORE OF TODAY'S TOP NEWS - By Faiz Sid­diqui Washington Post

A re­tired po­lice chief says he was de­tained at John F. Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port and held for 90 min­utes ear­lier this month be­cause of his name.

Has­san Aden, 52, of Alexan­dria, Vir­ginia, spent 26 years with the Alexan­dria Po­lice Depart­ment be­fore leav­ing in 2012 to be­come chief of po­lice in Greenville, North Carolina. He re­tired from the 250-per­son force in 2015.

Aden says he was re­turn­ing from Paris on March 13, where he had been cel­e­brat­ing his mother’s 80th birth­day.

When he ar­rived at cus­toms at JFK, he ex­pected to be handed back his pass­port and told “wel­come home” like ev­ery­one else. In­stead, a U.S. Cus­toms and Border Pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer asked him: “Are you trav­el­ing alone?” Aden replied he was and the of­fi­cer said, “Let’s take a walk,” in Aden’s rec­ol­lec­tion.

“I was like ‘oh boy, here we go’” said Aden, an Ital­ian-born nat­u­ral­ized Amer­i­can ci­ti­zen who has lived in the United States for 42 years.

He said he was es­corted to a makeshift of­fice, pro­hib­ited from us­ing his cell­phone and given lit­tle in­for­ma­tion about the rea­son for the holdup. The of­fi­cer said that Aden wasn’t be­ing de­tained.

An­other of­fi­cer ex­plained that some­one on a “watch list” had been us­ing Aden’s name as an alias, and his in­for­ma­tion was be­ing cross-checked with an­other agency, Aden said.

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