Seems police are going up to young men and asking to smell the liquid that's in the cup they're holding.
If the officer smells alcohol he can write up a ticket.
In the process he can also see if there's an outstanding warrant against the person, who may have previously been ticketed, for example, for having a marijuana cigarette out in public or for crossing the street against the light or, yes, drinking from a cup that had a bit of beer in it.
Here's what Judge Dear wrote in an opinion last week:
“As hard as I try, I cannot recall ever arraigning a white defendant for such a violation.”
How long will you do this, Ray Kelly? How long? (See Times story.)