Lesbian couple from the United States held in Hawaii for 6 months for kissing in grocery storeBy Mason White 2:58 PM November 1, 2015
|Couple kissing illustration|
By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A romantic vacation for a lesbian couple turned into a nightmare when they were arrested for kissing in a store in Hawaii.
The Honolulu Police Department opened an investigation after the woman filed a lawsuit for being arrested after they were seen kissing in a grocery store.
On the second day of their trip, Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero of Los Angeles, California, went to get some food at a Foodland store.
An off-duty police officer, Bobby Harrison, who was still in uniform, witnessed the couple kissing and decided to stop them.
Harrison told the women that they were not in a hotel room but in a grocery store, where their actions were inappropriate.
Wilson, 25, said that she called the police after being harassed by Harrison. While she was on the phone with the police, Harrison grabbed her arm and Guerrero, 22, stepped in between her girlfriend and the officer.
The officer alleged that Guerrero assaulted him. He then punched the woman, causing an injury to her nose and a bruise to her chin.
The women were arrested. They were charged with first-degree assault on a police officer. Wilson was also charged with criminal damage to property.
Their bail was set at $1,300. As part of their condition for bail, the women were ordered to stay in Honolulu, until their trial was over.
The women spent months in Hawaii, and had to rely on strangers to survive as they used all their money for bail. After 6 months, the charges against them were dropped.
They couple is now suing the officer, saying that they suffered physical injuries as well as “great humiliation, embarrassment and emotional distress” due to the incident. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages.