Had the police planted evidence, they would have produced it afterward. In contrast, the driver was issued only a speeding citation.
On July 25, the village of Caledonia police department responded to the video via a Facebook post. The police shared two body camera videos and clarified that "While we would discourage officers from discarding items into a citizen's vehicle, the video is clear that the officer is not planting evidence or doing anything illegal." Adding that the officers found a corner tear (a corner of a plastic baggie) from the man's pocket, the police clarified that "the empty corner tear is not itself illegal."
Police Chief Christopher Botsch stated that the officers conducted the traffic stop to find a vehicle at 63 mph in a 45-mph zone. He added that the bodycam videos of the incident published by the police show that the officers were checking the bag kept in the car and had thrown it back into the car after finding the bag had nothing in it. The post further added that the only citation arising from this incident was a speeding citation issued to the driver.
Therefore, considering that the police found nothing illegal in the car while conducting a thorough search, the claim that the police planted evidence is baseless.