Did you catch this story? Kansas City Police were pulling over good drivers to reward them with a coupon for a free ice cream cone.
Call me a skeptic but my first thought was "Sure, 'reward' them by looking in their car." I can see it now... the new cover for racial profiling will be "I pulled over the minority driver to tell him that he's a good driver and offer him an ice cream."
I wonder what would happen if the officer approached and smelled alcohol or weed from the driver, or saw illegal weapons on the backseat. Is this ice cream scheme really a reasonable predicate for a stop?
Hey, True Believer, let us know if you come across any DUI cases where the driver was stopped to be given an ice cream coupon. (And that, my friends, was my plug for this great DUI defense blog.)
(Link to story via Favorable Dicta.)