Ted Balaker says:
During an undercover pubic restroom sex sting, police in Manhattan Beach, California tackled, arrested, and interrogated an innocent man, seized his property without probable cause or a warrant, caused the man to withdraw from college (they held his computer for months, which contained all his coursework), and instead of quickly verifying that he was the caretaker of a disabled child and not the sex criminal they suspected, they held him in legal limbo with bogus charges, and humiliated him by releasing his mugshot to the media.
Now Charles Samuel Couch has filed a federal lawsuit, which alleges, among other things, that Manhattan Beach officers have a habit of arresting men during sex stings without probable cause and publicizing the arrests--something that's all too common across America, where so many delight in gawking at mugshots in which many innocent, peaceful people are mixed in with violent thugs.
"Don't Cops Have Better Things to Do?" is written and directed by Ted Balaker
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects
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