Vacationing Lesbians Arrested for Kissing Get $80K Settlement

A Hawaiian police officer didn't appreciate their PDA
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2016 11:15 AM CDT
Vacationing Lesbians Arrested for Kissing Get $80K Settlement
Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero pose for a photo in Honolulu last October.   (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, File)

Two women who say they were arrested for kissing in a grocery store during a Hawaiian vacation last year will settle their lawsuit against the City of Honolulu for $80,000, the AP reports. Los Angeles residents Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero were holding hands while shopping at a Foodland grocery store. When the couple stopped to hug and kiss, they were approached by officer Bobby Harrison, who was shopping while in uniform. Their lawsuit alleges Harrison ordered them to "take it somewhere else." It also states he tried to get the store's manager to issue trespass warnings to Wilson and Guerrero, according to Reuters. The lawsuit claims Harrison later grabbed Wilson's wrist while she was in the checkout line. A scuffle ensued, and the women were arrested.

Wilson and Guerrero spent three days in jail, but the felony assault charges against them were eventually dismissed. The couple, who have since broken up, filed a lawsuit against the City of Honolulu in October, the Honolulu Civil Beat reports. The $80,000 settlement was announced Friday and still must be approved by the Honolulu City Council. "It's a pretty good outcome as far as we're concerned," an attorney for Wilson and Guerrero tells Reuters. The women already settled with Foodland for $10,000. The Honolulu Police Department investigated Harrison after the lawsuit was filed and found no wrongdoing. “I’m glad it’s over, but at the same time we wanted the officer to suffer some sort of repercussion,” Wilson tells the AP. Harrison retired following the incident. (More Hawaii stories.)

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