Ex-North Carolina police chief detained at airport

Sometimes we take it a bit too far


Former Greenville, N.C., Police Chief Hassan Aden. (Greenville Police Department)

Former Greenville, North Carolina, police chief Hassan Aden said Sunday that he was detained at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport for 90 minutes because of his name. The alleged incident occurred earlier this month when Aden, 52, was returning from Paris after a visit to celebrate his mother’s 80th birthday. Aden said a customs officer asked whether he was traveling alone, then told him to “take a walk.” “I was like, ‘Oh boy, here we go,” said the Italian-born Aden, a naturalized citizen who has lived in the U.S. for 42 years. Aden served in the Alexandria, Virginia, police force for 26 years before taking the job in North Carolina in 2012. He retired in 2015.

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