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The homeless man was merely as defenseless and powerless as the kids of defendant John Rabago, U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi talked about.
Rabago had taken an oath as a police officer to protect and defend nonetheless as a substitute took advantage of someone poor and homeless, she talked about.
Rabago, 44, and one different officer had responded to a nuisance grievance in 2018 after they found the homeless man in a stall in a public restroom.
Rabago threatened to beat the particular person and stuff his face in a toilet if he didn’t lick the urinal, Kobayashi talked about. He then grabbed the particular person’s shoulder, held him down and stepped on his legs to take care of him on his knees until he licked the urinal, the resolve talked about.
Rabago later suggested the other officer to delete textual content material messages in regards to the incident, Kobayashi talked about.
Reginald Ramones, the other officer, has moreover left the division and is scheduled to be sentenced subsequent week. Ramones pleaded accountable to understanding Rabago devoted a civil rights violation and by no means informing authorities about it.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Brady talked about Rabago had typically been a superb officer and eventually took obligation by pleading accountable to a pair of civil rights violations inside the case, nonetheless had initially laughed in regards to the incident and later denied it occurred.
His safety authorized skilled, Megan Kau, talked about after the listening to that she and Rabago anticipated a sentence of about three years.
“I think she’s taking the national environment and making him an example,” Kau talked about in regards to the resolve and the protests in direction of racial injustice and police misconduct all through the nation.
Earlier this 12 months, the homeless man filed a lawsuit in direction of the Honolulu Police Department and the city.
“He’s pleasantly surprised that the court punished him appropriately,” his lawyer, Myles Breiner, talked about. “He was under the impression that they would coddle him and give him a minimum term, a very low sentence.”