Justice

Vacationing Same-Sex Couple Arrested For Kissing, End Up Homeless

October 29th 2015

By:
Taylor Bell

Two women were arrested for kissing in public and, after the resulting altercation with an off-duty police officer, were left homeless, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Los Angeles residents Courtney Wilson and partner Taylor Guerrero were in Hawaii on vacation when an off-duty police officer saw the two hugging and kissing in a store. According to the lawsuit filed by the couple, the officer, Bobby Harrison, allegedly “observed their consensual romantic contact and, in a loud voice, ordered [the couple] to stop and ‘take it somewhere else.’"

Courney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero who were arrested in Hawaii

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The Tribune reports that the officer followed the women to the checkout line where Wilson attempted to call for help. The real altercation began when Wilson tried to call 9-1-1, and the officer got physical with her, according to Guerrero.

“He was bumping his belly against Courtney,” Guerrero said. “He said, ‘you girls don’t know how to act. You don’t know the difference between a motel and a grocery store.’” Somewhere in the commotion, Guerrero kicked Harrison, and Harrison allegedly retaliated by punching Wilson in the face. The officer then subdued both women to the ground and asked for assistance from the store’s employees, according to Hawaii News Now.

Then it got even worse.

The women were charged with felony assault of an officer and were prohibited from leaving the island until they each posted $12,000 bail. The women ultimately paid $1,300 to a bail bondsman and were released on the condition that they remain on the island. But then the proceedings lasted six months, forcing the couple to live as restless wanderers, crashing at homes of friends, checking into women's shelters, and even sleeping in public parks.

The charges were eventually dismissed, but the officer remains on full active duty.

The Honolulu Police Department have launched an internal investigation based on the women's allegations, Hawaii News Now Reports.