A Peace officer in the tropical paradise of Hawaii has found a novel way to get a handle on the island’s homeless problem with some creative law enforcement towards cleaning up the cesspit . Literally.
John Rabago, an officer with the Honolulu Police Department, admitted in federal court that he forced Samuel Ingall, 37, to put his mouth on a urinal in January 2018 after the man told him he’d do anything not to get arrested.
The incident unfolded after Rabago and another officer responded to a nuisance complaint about Ingall being in a bathroom in a Honolulu shopping area. Rabago claimed the man was uncooperative and initially gave a fake name. Rabago later threatened the man, saying in an aggressive tone: “If you lick the urinal, you won’t get arrested.”
U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi said Rabago “knowingly and willfully forced S.I. to lick the urinal” during the encounter.
John Rabago, pictured here outside federal court in Honolulu, pleaded guilty on Monday to depriving a man of his civil rights after forcing him to lick a toilet to avoid arrest. (Hawaii News Now/AP, File)
Ingall feared he would be arrested and reluctantly obeyed Rabago’s orders, court documents state. Rabago allegedly threatened another man he was questioning previously by saying he wouldn’t be arrested if he stuck his head in a toilet. What the hell? He have some kind of toilet fetish?
Rabago was “very remorseful” about what happened, his attorney, Megan Kau, said in court Monday, according to Hawaii News Now. She said that’s “why he took responsibility.” Oh well, OK then. Put him back out on the street protectin’ and servin’.