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Lesbian couple wins $80,000 settlement after cop allegedly jailed them for being affectionate in public

Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero. Credit: YouTube

A lesbian couple that was ordered to stop being affectionate in public while on vacation in Hawaii last year was awarded an $80,000 settlement by the Honolulu government on Friday. Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero were visiting Hawaii from Los Angeles and shopping at a Woodland grocery store on the North Shore of Oahu last year when a police officer who was also shopping in the store saw them holding hands, hugging, and kissing. He told them “take it somewhere else,” and then, when he saw them being affectionate again, threatened to have them thrown out of the store, according to their lawsuit.

At the checkout line, the officer, Bobby Harrison, allegedly grabbed Wilson by the wrist, and as she started to call 911, the three of them got into a scuffle and Harrison arrested the women, charging them with felony assault on an officer. Wilson and Guerrero spent three days in jail before the charges were dismissed. The women then filed the lawsuit. The couple has since split up, but told The Guardian that they planned to split the money.

“I’m glad it’s over, but at the same time, we wanted the officer to suffer some sort of repercussion,” Wilson said.

Watch more about the settlement below:

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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