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article imageStar Trek fans wished Scotty would beam them up from cop problem

By Anne Sewell     Mar 31, 2012 in World
Collinsville - Two friends were returning home to Ohio after attending a "Star Trek" convention in St Louis. When passing through a small town in Illinois, a police officer pulled them over. They were stuck there for the next hour.
In December last year, Terrance Huff and John Seaton had enjoyed visiting the "Star Trek" convention and just wanted to get home.
However, they were pulled over when passing through the small Illinois town by police officer, Michael Reichert. The police officer said that they had made an allegedly unsafe lane change.
For the next hour, Reichart continues to interrogate the two men, using a variety of tactics that civil rights attorneys say were used to trick them into giving up their 4th Amendment rights.
The police officer used a K-9 dog to sweep the car for drugs and then searched the car manually. Eventually Reichart sent them on their way with a warning.
Earlier in the month, Huff decided to post the video to YouTube with audio and video footage of the police stop taken using Reichart's dashboard camera.
In the incident, no one was beaten, handcuffed or arrested and no shots were fired. The police officer found no measurable amount of contraband in the car.
However the video does raise important questions about the criminal justice system and law enforcement's behaviour. The experience raised issues including 4th and 5th Amendments, profiling of individuals and the drug war, as well as problematic cops in the police force.
The day they were pulled over was Huff's 40th birthday, and as he says in the video "Happy Birthday to me".
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