Caretaker of Disabled Child Humiliated in Botched Sex Sting: Don’t Cops Have Better Things to Do?!

He was taking care of a handicapped child, but police busted him as a sex criminal and humiliated him in the media.

Now a federal lawsuit aims to restore the reputation of Charles Samuel Couch, grant him restitution, and reign in a police department that allegedly makes a habit of arresting men during sex stings without warrant or probable cause and publicizing the false arrests.

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"Don't Cops Have Better Things to Do?" is written and directed by Ted Balaker (@tedbalaker). Producer is Matt Edwards (@MattChrisEd). Opening motion graphics by Meredith Bragg. Camera by Paul Detrick and Zach Weissmueller. Music by and "The Contessa" is by Maurice and the Beejays (Magnatune Records).

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  • Acosmist||


  • WTF||

    Are there no editors?

  • UnCivilServant||


  • WTF||

    Well, not since Postrel left.

  • Brian D||

    Or maybe they want to reign over a police department.

  • Zeb||

    Or possibly let rain in the police department by removing the roof.

  • ||

    Yeah. Their reigning is part of the problem.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Check the stalls for peeping coppers before you go-go.

  • tarran||

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Do you want those poor cops forced to deal with actual dangerous criminals?

  • WTF||

    Seriously, they need to go home at night.

  • wwhorton||

    Maybe they should just cut to the chase and never leave home in the first place.

  • Otis B. Driftwood||

    My hatred of LEO's is rapidly reaching critical mass.

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    Work it out, somehow. What I'm seeing strikes me as indicating that the LEOs, the politicians, and the LEO unions are losing the "how dare you hold us to standards of actual honesty by videoing us!" argument, and that the culture will be changing. Don't go climbing any towers with rifles until we are sure that won't happen. For one thing, I seem to recall some insightful, or at least amusing comments from you ,and I'd miss them.

  • croaker||

    As long as a cop can shoot you, say "I thought he was pointing a gun at me" and get away with it, all the court decisions protecting your right to video cop will do no good.

  • Jumbie||

    I was told there would be text.


  • SQRLSY One||

    Yes, SURELY the cops have better things to do than to bust people who take care of disabled youngsters, and taking away their notebook PCs so that they have to drop out of college… SURELY they could go off and bust some of that them thar ILLEGAL HUMANS!!! Or the SUB-humans who smoke POT instead of drinkin’ beer like REAL upstandin’ humanoids!!! Cops as the REAL face of the Government Almighty that the liberals say LOVES us all… When are the liberals going to wake up and smell the Police State? Well, oh , shit, I guess the conservatives too, have a broken sense of smell here even 1/17th of all the rotten smelly fish here…

  • Free Society||

    When are the liberals going to wake up and smell the Police State? Well, oh , shit, I guess the conservatives too, have a broken sense of smell here even 1/17th of all the rotten smelly fish here There's about 1 centimeter of difference between a modern liberal and a fascist. Apparently for the liberals/progressives if you embrace 90% of fascist economic and social policy, you're still not a fascist until you say something about hating jews. That's how those slavers justify looking at themselves in the mirror.

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  • Afterwords||

    And if Couch were to get in the cops' faces and say, "Hey, you stupid slime covered sacks of dogsh!t, you were voyeuristically looking at a KID PEEING and now you sorry excuses for humanity are ruining my life?! Tackling me, stealing my laptop, for what?!", well then, they'd just cuff him, beat him, and say he was resisting arrest, creating a disturbance, etc.

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