A kiss on the cheek landed two women in jail for 3 days in Honolulu, Hawaii. An off-duty police officer confronted the couple twice in a local grocery store, and according to Courtney and Taylor Wilson, the officer escalated the situation with physical force shortly thereafter.
The couple is suing the city for what they call blatant discrimination on the officer’s behalf.
What Happened in Honolulu?
As the lawsuit reads, Officer Bobby Harrison allegedly grabbed Courtney Wilson by the wrist and shoved Guerrero. At one point, Courtney Wilson even claims to have been punched in the face. The two women were then restrained by store employees and taken into custody.
Their bail was set at $12,000, and each had to pay $1,300 in bond.
Once freed from jail, Courtney and Taylor Wilson were not permitted to leave the city of Honolulu until after their trial. The two were forced to remain in Hawaii for an extra 5 months. During that time, they had to work odd jobs to survive, and even had to spend a short stint in a local homeless shelter.
Although the charges against them have since been dropped, the couple is filing a federal lawsuit for discrimination. In the lawsuit, they claim Officer Bobby Harrison harassed them based on their sexuality. A specific amount of monetary restitution has not been made public, though they are suing for punitive damages on top of financial compensation for the expenses incurred as a result of their extended stay.
The Honolulu Police Department is conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident, and into Officer Harrison’s response. Officer Harrison remains on active duty.
What Do You Think?
I’d love to hear your opinion on this case. Do you think the officer would have responded the same way if a different couple displayed affection in the same way?