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CHICAGO -- A lawsuit was filed against the City of Springfield and Springfield police officers in federal court Thursday. It's on behalf of Calvin Christian, III, who alleges he's been subjected to several unreasonable traffic stops and seizures. The lawsuit claims the harassment included the use of excessive force, civil conspiracy and malicious prosecution. In addition, it states Christian was retaliated against for filing internal affairs complaints against SPD officers and for filing lawsuits seeking access to officer misconduct records.