30 October 2015
Over in the so called 'land of the free' in the American State of Hawaii, a lesbian couple on a romantic getaway got arrested for kissing at a local supermarket and was then forced to spend three nights in jail.
Courtney Wilson, 25, and Taylor Guerrero, 22 were on the island of Oahu in March when a kiss at the supermarket landed them in jail and facing a $12,000 bail each.
A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Honolulu Police Department which notes the local police officer, Bobby Harrison approached the couple because he "observed their consensual romantic contact and, in a loud voice, ordered plaintiffs to stop and 'take it somewhere else.'"
The lawsuit outlines that the couple complied and continued to shop but were later told they would be thrown out of the store because the officer allegedly witnessed them once again showing affection.
Approaching the couple while they were in line waiting to pay, it is alleged that Harrison told them the store was going to bar them from the premises. Wilson is said to have pulled out her phone to call 911 when the officer grabbed her wrist and as partner Guerrero tried to intervene he threw her to the ground.
"The whole situation got physical," Wilson tells the Huffington Post. "I got punched in the face by him.”
The couple had to stay in Honolulu as a condition of their release and were forced to sleep in a park for a week as securing their release left them with no money.
Police told The Associated Press that they have opened an internal investigation but Harrison currently remains on full active duty.
Considering the fact that Same-sex marriage in Hawaii has been legal since December 2, 2013 one's got to ask... AND since the USA tend to point the proverbial 'finger of accusation' at other countries regarding LGBTI equality, what exactly do the words 'Law' and 'Legal' really mean in the USA?
We suggest that you rethink your destination if you have a Hawaiian holiday planned.