Hawaii former policeman gets 4 years in prison for making homeless man to lick public urinal up
U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi was equally adamant, sentencing John Rabago to prison, as he did in 2018, with his partner forced a helpless homeless man to lick a urinal.
As an analogy, Kobayashi was asked to imagine someone doing the same to his two daughters.
“You took from him his only possession: his dignity as a human being,” Kobayashi said. “Rabago had taken an oath as a police officer to protect and defend but instead took advantage of someone poor and homeless,” she added.
According to official information, the incident took place in 2018. 44-year-old John Rabago and his partner, Reginald Ramones had responded to a nuisance complaint. Upon arrival, they found a homeless man in a public toilet.
Rabago threatened to beat the man and stuff his face in a toilet if he didn't lick the urinal, Kobayashi said. He then grabbed the man's shoulder, held him down and stepped on his legs to keep him on his knees until he licked the urinal, the judge said.
The Ramones have also been kicked out of the Department and will face charges in a week. At the beginning of the investigation, both officers denied guilt.
“To be homeless, not knowing where your next meal is going to be, to be forced to lick ... a dirty urinal by a uniformed police officer. There’s only one word that comes to mind: hopelessness," Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Brady said.