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Sunday, 22 May 2016

US Hawaii: Lesbian pair held after kissing win damages

Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero pictured in 2015Image copyrightAP
Image captionCourtney Wilson (left) and Taylor Guerrero were on holiday at the time of their arrest
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 (£55,150) 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".

'Glad it's over with'

Ms Wilson and Ms Guerrero were visiting from Los Angeles when the incident occurred last year.

After they initially complied with the order to stop kissing, the officer, Bobby Harrison, saw them being affectionate again and threatened to eject them from the store, their lawsuit said.
He later grabbed Ms Wilson by the wrist while she was at the checkout, the women said.
A scuffle broke out and the two were charged with assault, spending three days in jail.
The charges were later dismissed and Mr Harrison has since retired.
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.
On the settlement, she told the Associated Press news agency: "I'm just glad it's over with.''

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No, its not over until they make all straight people criminals by objecting such behavior. This bathroom war is about criminalizing the majority who see this kind of legal action as to make sane people insane. Do you see the Disorder the ruling class ia playing to make this a legal issue?

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