Few experiences in life are more panic-inducing than being pulled over by the police. Understandably, when Halifax, Virginia police chief Kevin Lands and officer Brian Warner stopped a driver over the weekend, signaling for her to pull to the side of the road, the young woman looked startled and scared. But instead of handing the driver a ticket and ruining her day, the officers decided to give the woman an unexpected treat instead.
"Are you familiar with vehicle code 1739?" Warren asks the woman after she roles down her window. "Well, it’s actually against the law to drive on a hot day without an ice cream cone. So on behalf of the Halifax Police Department, we’re just making sure everybody is following all the laws today and are driving with ice cream."
The driver begins to laugh uncontrollably, covering her mouth in shock as Warren hands her and her passenger two ice cream cones.
"We just wanted to make sure you guys were in compliance," Warner adds. "Y’all have a wonderful, blessed day," the woman's friend responds.
The officers' good deed is a heartwarming moment in a year when young African-American men and women have just cause to be fearful of interactions with the police. Over the course of the last several weeks, the country has been experiencing a period of heightened racial tensions following the killings of two black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and St. Paul, Minnesota, as well as the deaths of five police officers in Dallas, Texas.
Last month, a number of fast-food workers were fired after refusing to serve police, and employees at a Zaxby's in North Carolina were accused of tampering with an officer's food. Still, there have been positive stories, too. An officer eating at a Pennsylvania diner paid for a couple's meal after they refused to sit next to him, and in Kansas, police and Black Lives Matter activists came together for a neighborhood cookout.