ANKENY, Iowa -- We now know the name and the history of an Ankeny police officer who tried to search a car because he said everyone who plays Frisbee golf smokes pot.
On a video of the October 2 traffic stop, Officer Aaron King can be seen asking the motorist if he plays Frisbee Golf. When the motorist says yes, Officer King asks, "Why is it that everybody that plays Frisbee golf smokes weed?" King then asks to search the car for marijuana. King is a 5-year veteran of the Ankeny Police Department. Back in July, he was cleared of any wrong doing when he shot and killed a suicidal woman who was wielding a gun.
We showed the video to people playing Frisbee Golf at Heritage Park in Ankeny. They felt Officer King's comments were way out of line.
"Not a fair statement," says Frisbee Golf Player Lincoln Garen, "My son and I come out here all the time, we play three or four times a week, and neither of us smokes pot."
Frisbee Golf Player Thomas Perdue agrees. "Take a look around," he says, "There's families over here. Go to Ewing Park, you'll see more families. And to be profiled as pot smokers...I don't know. Seems kind of odd."
Ankeny’s police chief says he is holding off on any discipline until he talks with the motorist. He says he has also called the motorist several times to apologize for what he call’s the officer’s “ignorant” comments, but has not been able to reach the driver.