❝ A lesbian couple who say a policeman in Honolulu, Hawaii, harassed and wrongfully arrested them after seeing them kiss have been awarded damages.
The $80,000 settlement was announced in a local court, but still needs city council approval.
❝ Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero say they were told to “take it somewhere else” when the policeman saw them kissing in a food store.
They later spent three days in jail after scuffling with the officer.
❝ Honolulu City Council will consider the damages in early July. Donna Leong, of the city’s Corporation Counsel, which advises on legal matters, said her department believed “the tentative settlement is in the best interests of the city”.
Ms Wilson and Ms Guerrero were visiting from Los Angeles when the incident occurred last year…
The women were a couple at the time but have now split up. Ms Guerrero still lives in Hawaii, saying she likes living in the US state.
The two are still friends and will split the settlement. It could have been a lot more – and the city of Honolulu has a lot to answer for. To start, the officer in charge of the shift when Harrison brought them in should have questioned the validity of the whole event when learning how this happened.
The cop is a bigot and an idiot. If you have a half-decent police department you have people in charge who might put up with some stupidity; but, not crap that gets the city sued. Harassing folks for kissing in a grocery store is dumb as a hoe handle.