Samuel Ingall was seeking shelter in a public washroom when two officers approached him and one of them forced him to perform unspeakable actions.
A homeless man who was forced to lick a public urinal by police officers is now suing the Honolulu Police Department and the city. The shocking incident took place in January 2018, when Samuel Ingall was taking shelter in a Sheridan Street restroom. According to ABC News, one police officer confronted him and said that the "only way he could avoid arrest was by licking the urinal in the bathroom," in an "aggressive tone." There was another officer who was standing in the doorway and propping the door open every now and then to make sure they weren't being filmed, states the lawsuit which was filed last week.
Homeless man who was forced by police officer to lick urinal sues HPD, city. https://t.co/k7rSjF9qat— American Homeless Society (@HomelesSociety) February 3, 2020
It further mentioned how Ingall, "against his will, knelt before the urinal and licked the urinal." The officer who ordered the homeless to perform unspeakable actions was identified as John Rabago, who is currently on restricted duty. Back in December, Rabago pleaded guilty to denying Ingall his civil rights. As for Reginald Ramones, the policeman who witnessed the whole incident pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of not informing authorities about Rabago violating the homeless man's civil rights. He quit the department in August.
The lawsuit further revealed how Rabago followed the helpless man out of the washroom and began laughing and telling other officers about how Ingall had licked the urinal. On Monday, defense attorney Megan Kau said that because Rabago wasn't permitted to plead 'no contest,' he accepted responsibility for his actions and pleaded guilty and that the guilty plea "potentially puts the city at risk because of the civil lawsuit." Speaking to Hawaii News Now, Kau said, "I think John made a mistake. He owned up to his mistake. He accepted responsibility, and he entered a guilty plea. This is not something happening on a day-to-day basis in the police force."
Rabago and Ramones being arrested in April 2018.Ramones faces up to three years in prison, but will likely receive only probation. Rabago faces 10 years in prison. They both face fines up to $250,000, and will be sentenced in Feb.— Private Agent 007 (@PrivateAgent001) December 18, 2019
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Meanwhile, city spokesman Alexander Zannes chose not to provide any comments. "For now, we’ll decline comment on the pending litigation," said Zannes. When the outlet approached Myles Breiner, Ingall’s attorney, he said, "These officers thought it was another form of amusement because one of these officers had a history of doing this." Apparently, two other officers were placed on restricted duty shortly after the case was handed to the FBI in 2018.
Note: This is a developing case, stay tuned for further updates.