Honolulu cop pleads guilty to forcing a homeless man to lick a urinal instead of going to jail
- John Rabago had been fighting the charges since he and Reginald Ramones were indicted in April
- They told Samuel Ingall, a homeless 37-year-old, that he could either go to prison or lick a urinal in a public bathroom
- They had been called to the area on a report of trespassing
- Another officer who was there reported the incident to the cops’ bosses
- Both originally denied the allegations but pleaded guilty to get lesser sentences
- The maximum they had been facing was 10 years; now it is 30 months in jail
A Hawaii cop has pleaded guilty to telling a homeless man to lick a urinal or risk going to jail.
John Rabago had been fighting the charges since he and Reginald Ramones were indicted in April in Honolulu.
They told Samuel Ingall, a homeless 37-year-old, that he could either go to prison or lick a urinal in a public bathroom after they were called to it in January 2018.
Ingall had been reported for trespassing. The man, determined not to go to prison, stuck his head in the urinal.
John Rabago (seen at a previous court appearance, left) pleaded guilty to forcing Sam Ingall (right)
Another officer who was present reported the incident to the cops’ bosses and they were charged with depriving Ingall of his civil rights.
Ramones pleaded guilty to a lesser charge earlier this year but Rabago denied the allegations.
Reginald Ramones, another cop, pleaded guilty earlier this year
He changed his story this week to plead guilty. He now faces 30 months behind bars.
The incident took place in the middle of the day, at around 2pm.
The cop who ended up reporting the others to their bosses left when he saw what they were doing.
Ramones and Rabago had faced 10 years behind bars but, under their plea deals, will serve far less.
At the time, Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard the incident ‘cast a dark shadow on the department’.
Ingall took part in the proceedings to tell the court what happened.
His attorney said at one hearing: ‘He was forced to essentially do something that’s disgusting. His face was forced into a urinal.
‘The police officers thought this was amusing.
‘It wasn’t as though he was doing anything illegal but they chose to do this to him because he was vulnerable.’