Hawaii police arrests lesbian couple for kissing, now compensation

This 30 October 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

A lesbian couple was visiting Hawaii and was arrested for kissing in public. The couple was grocery shopping and kissed in the store, when an off-duty police official accosted them and then arrested them for their public display of affection. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian (The Point) hosts of The Young Turks discuss.

“An investigation has been launched into a police officer in Hawaii who allegedly arrested a lesbian couple for kissing in public.

Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero are a Los Angeles couple who were vacationing in Honolulu in March when they were confronted by off-duty Officer Bobby Harrison in a Foodland supermarket. According to a federal lawsuit that the pair has filed in Hawaii’s US District Court, they were holding hands while shopping and at one point hugged and kissed when Harrison “observed their consensual romantic contact and, in a loud voice, ordered plaintiffs to stop and ‘take it somewhere else.'”

When they made it to check-out, Harrison confronted them again after witnessing similar consensual contact.

“He said, ‘You girls don’t know how to act. You don’t know the difference between a motel and a grocery store,'” Guerrero said.”

Read more here.

Another video used to say about itself:

Lesbian Couple Files Lawsuit After Hawaii Cop Arrested Them For Kissing

29 October 2015

The Honolulu Police Department opened an internal investigation on Wednesday into allegations that an officer wrongfully arrested a vacationing lesbian couple after seeing them kissing in a grocery store.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Lesbian couple gets $ 80,000 for being arrested for kissing

Today, 21:56

A lesbian couple who were arrested in the US state of Hawaii after a kiss in a supermarket will get a compensation of 80,000 dollars (about 71,000 euros). The women were arrested brutally and were jailed for three days.

With the compensation the municipality of Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, wants to prevent the case from going to court.

The US American couple were last year on vacation in Hawaii and were shopping at a supermarket in Honolulu. The couple walked hand in hand along the shelves and kissed briefly.

A police officer who was in uniform in the supermarket talked to the women about their behavior. “He saw romantic behaviour and told the women loudly that should not happen there,” according to the report.

The women walked on, but stopped shortly afterwards to kiss again. To the fury of the policeman, who had followed the two and threatened to expel the couple from the store. When the two stood in line at the checkout, the policeman grabbed the wrist of one of them. There was a struggle, and the cop arrested the couple.


The women were accused of assaulting a police officer and were in jail for three days. After an internal investigation, the charges were withdrawn by the Hawaiian police and the women were set free.

“We are pleased that it is all behind us,” said one of the women to Associated Press. “And we think it is right that the policeman does not just get away with this.” … The policeman retired shortly after the incident.

13 thoughts on “Hawaii police arrests lesbian couple for kissing, now compensation

    • No, as far as I know kissing is not, and has never been, a crime in Hawaii or elsewhere in the USA … if you are heterosexual. However, until fairly recently, being LGBTQ used to be a crime in many states. Probably, that policeman longed for the ‘good’ old days.

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      • From an old fashioned Brit point of view we used to be very startled at the French custom of ladies kissing each other as a greeting. Then there was a certain tension at the introduction of the European custom of everyone kissing each other when they met as opposed to shaking hands. Personally having hot used to this – with dome discomfort – I no longer give a damn who kisses in public – it is just a harmless public expression of affection and none of my business BUT clearly there was a problem with the cop. When I was a student a policeman told me he didn’t mind male homosexuals as they were reducing the competition for women, but he disliked female homosexuals as they were removing two women from sexual availability. The Hawaiin story reminded me. An examination of sexual attitudes and behaviour in police world-wide could be very interesting.


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