It was police profiling of a different kind: An Iowa officer, after stopping a car to write a ticket, asks “why is it everybody that plays Frisbee golf smokes weed?” in an attempt to get the motorist to agree to a search of his vehicle.
Now the police chief in Ankeny, Iowa, is apologizing, calling Officer Aaron King’s bizarre line of questioning “ignorant,” NBC station WHO in Des Moines reported.
“In the video taken by an occupant in the vehicle, the officer engages the driver in a line of questioning that is foolish and not representative of the Ankeny Police Dept.’s training or interactions with the public. This verbal exchange did not meet the level of professionalism expected of Ankeny police officers,” Chief Gary J. Mikulec said in a statement posted to the city’s website.
In the video of the Oct. 2 traffic stop, King’s questioning starts off in a joking manner at first, but then turns more serious. He asks the driver to consent to a search of his car, which is never given. The officer eventually let the driver go. Mikulec told WHO he wants to speak to the driver before deciding on a punishment for the officer, but hasn’t been able to reach him.
Ankeny Officer in Frisbee Golf 'Profiling' Incident Identified (WHO)
Ankeny Cop Tries to Search Car Because 'Everybody that Plays Frisbee Golf Smokes Weed' (WHO)
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