COLLINSVILLE, Illinois (KMOV) -- An Ohio man says a Collinsville police officer violated his civil rights after he allegedly pulled him over for no apparent reason, then fabricated a reason to search his car.
Terrance Huff said he was on his way back to Ohio after visiting the Star Trek exhibit at the Science Center in December when he believes he was profiled by Officer Michael Reichert.
“There was a series of rolling ‘no’s,’ where he jackhammers you with questions until you slip up, and give him permission to get in to your vehicle.”
Huff, a filmmaker, made a YouTube documentary of the stop. Officer Reichert was once fired from the city for lying in federal court, but was rehired after appealing the decision.
Huff said he believes the dashcam video proves the Collinsville officer encouraged the drug dog to get a hit.
“His primary duty is make drug busts, and to generate revenue for the city through those drug busts,” he said.
The search found nothing, and Huff was eventually allowed to leave.
Collinsville police reviewed the tape, but declined an interview. Chief Scott Williams later released a statement.
“The department will make this video available to the proper authorities,” said Williams. “I have no apprehension that any other jurisdiction is going to view this video and see a violation of Mr. Huff’s civil rights.”