Police Caught Fabricating Probably Cause During Traffic Stops

By Eapen Thampy  |  Published in ForfeitureReform.com

Stop and Seize

Filmmaker Terrance Huff has filed a lawsuit against the city of Collinsville, Illinois, and Collinsville police officer Michael Reichert over a traffic stop last December.

The suit was filed last month in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

The Chicago law firm Meyer & Kiss is representing Huff and Jon Seaton, Huff’s passenger at the time of the stop.

The Huffington Post first reported this story in March.

In dash cam video Huff later posted to YouTube, Reichert appears to engage in a number of constitutionally suspect interactions with Huff and Seaton along Interstate 70, just across the border from St. Louis.

Louis Meyer, the attorney representing Huff and Seaton, told HuffPost via email that his investigation has turned up more complaints against Reichert.

“We have discovered that Officer Reichert has a pattern and practice of fabricating probable cause to try and justify illegal traffic stops,” Meyer wrote. “After making these illegal traffic stops, Officer Reichert conducts illegal searches of the individuals and their vehicles. Once again, he fabricates probable cause by falsely claiming that his K9 ‘alerted’ to the presence of drugs in the vehicle.”

Meyer added that “others have come forward and are willing to testify regarding their encounters with this officer and how it affected them.”

Collinsville city officials did not return a request for comment.

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