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Iowa traffic stop investigated after officer's claim about marijuana and frisbee golf

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ANKENY (KWWL) -

A police officer in Ankeny tries to search a car after claiming that everyone who plays frisbee golf smokes pot. The exchange between the driver and officer was caught on tape.

The video starts with the officer giving the driver a warning about driving without headlights. Then, there was this exchange:

Officer -"You play frisbee golf?" 

Driver - "I do actually." 

Officer - "OK. I need you to answer me a question. Why is it that everybody that plays frisbee golf smokes weed?"

Driver - "No, it's not everybody."

Officer - "It's everybody, man. You can't tell me you never smoked weed?" 

Driver - "I'm not going to tell you one way or another."

Officer - "See, there you go. How much weed do you have in the car today?"

The driver then says he doesn't have pot in the car.

Officer - "You understand you're free to go and everything, but you wouldn't have a problem with me looking through your car?"

Driver - "I actually would. Just because I have a disc golf bag doesn't mean that every disc golfer does have weed."

Officer - "So you have weed in the car then is what you're saying?"

Driver - "No I would say I have a problem with you searching my car because you're profiling me based on being a disc golfer."

Eventually, the officer let him go.

"What the officer did was try to extend that stop into a general search of the defendant's car, or the individual's car. That's not permissible anymore," said Robert Rigg, Drake Law School.

The following statement can be found on Ankeny's city Facebook page:

"The Ankeny Police Dept. was made aware of a video of a vehicle stop that occurred earlier this month that was unfortunately handled poorly by the officer. 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. Ankeny Police Chief Gary Mikulec respectfully apologizes for the officer's demeaning statement and assures that the video has been preserved for an internal investigation."

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