According to WTVR, Halifax Police Chief Kevin Lands and his accomplice Officer Brian Warner cooked up the stunt during the week of July 25. With Chief Lands recording, Officer Warren set about pulling over random drivers in Halifax for violating vehicle code 126.96.36.199 which, apparently, makes it a crime to operate a vehicle on a hot day without an ice cream cone.
A typical stop went something like this–Officer Warren would pull over an unsuspecting motorist, approach their car, and, with a straight face, accuse them of violating vehicle code 188.8.131.52. The officer would then explain that code 184.108.40.206. makes it illegal to drive on a hot day without ice cream and, without missing a beat, he would present them with a delicious ice cream cone.
Chief Lands posted a one minute video from one of the ice cream stops to his personal Facebook page on Friday, July 29. It showed a young black woman and her passenger going from nervous to hysterical laughter in seconds as Officer Warren handed them their ice cream and wished them a good day. The video quickly went viral, and currently has over 2.5 million views.
When asked about the ice cream stunt, Chief Lands told WTVR that he and Officer Warren wanted to try to put some smiles on people's faces.