HONOLULU — A same sex couple from Los Angeles are suing a police officer in Hawaii, along with the city and county of Honolulu after they were arrested while on vacation in March by the officer who allegedly attacked them for kissing in public, Hawaii News Now reports.
According to the lawsuit filed on Tuesday, Courtney Wilson, 25, and Taylor Guerrero, 21, were shopping at Foodland grocery store in Pupukea on March 3. They were hugging and kissing each other, when Bobby Harrison, an off-duty officer in uniform spotted them and told them to "take it somewhere else."
The woman claim that while they were checking out, Officer Harrison saw them kiss again and approached them, threatening to charge them with trespassing. Wilson called the police to report him and that's when it got physical.
Harrison allegedly grabbed Wilson's arm, and get in her face. When Guerrero tried to break them up, he pushed her to the ground. She kicked him in the leg and Harrison punched Wilson in the face. Since he didn't have handcuffs on him, the women claim store employees held the women down until zipties were used to bind their hands.
They say they were taken to the basement of the Foodland until more police showed up to arrest them. The couple were later charged with assaulting a police officer and spent three days in jail before they spent their vacation money to be bailed out. As part of their criminal charges they were not allowed to leave the island. They were forced to sleep in a park and take jobs cleaning vacation homes until the charges against them were dropped.
Now they're suing Harrison, a 26-year veteran of the police force, and others who held them against their will, citing the deprivation of rights, privileges, and immunities that should have been secured by the Constitution.
Wilson told Hawaii News Now: "I just think that what he did was absolutely wrong without a doubt, I just really want an example to be made."