Two HPD officers indicted after allegedly making a homeless man lick a toilet
HPD officers John Rabago and Reginald Ramones were said to deprive an individual of his constitutional right to be free from an unreasonable seizure by a law enforcement officer on or about January 28th, 2018.
HONOLULU - Two Honolulu Police officers were arrested and charged Friday for allegedly violating a man's civil rights. They're accused of forcing a homeless man to lick a urinal last year.
Myles Breiner is the attorney that represents Sam Ingall.
"As you often hear, people have said justice delayed is justice denied. This happened over a year ago," Breiner said.
Breiner says the incident happened last January in a private apartment building on Keeaumoku Street and a security guard on duty let his client in. Police got involved because Ingall was wanted for violating probation regarding a separate drug case.
"This really is unfortunate for so many police officers who put themselves at risk every single day to have two officers abuse their authority and create disrespect in the community for the police in general," Breiner said.
The Hawaii American Civil Liberties Union calls this a step in the right direction.
"These are just allegations. These officers are innocent until proven guilty but we're glad that action is being taken to defend the civil rights of the person who is violated," Josh Wisch, ACLU Hawaii executive director, said. "That's one of the things that's a real takeaway here is there's been this dehumanizing of the people who are house less across this state."
Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said she was appalled by the allegations last year. She had this statement today:
"This morning's arrests cast a dark shadow on the Department, I ask that the public please continue to support the officers who carry out their daily assignments with courage, integrity, and respect for the public. The two officers who were arrested will have their day in court and be held accountable for their actions."
The conspiracy charges carry a maximum of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. The deprivation of rights under color of law carries a maximum term of one-year in prison and a max fine of $100,000.
The case is being investigated by the Honolulu Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.