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 . . .
KITV4 Friday, April 5th 2019, 5:25 PM HST
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."
18 U.S. Code § 242 Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law, American Civil Liberties Union, Hawaii, Homeless People, Honolulu, Justice Department, United States Criminal Code
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