It's hard out here for a homo, but some good news by way of Honolulu will hopefully set a precendent for less hate in the future. A lesbian couple who were arrested for holding hands and kissing in a grocery store have won their lawsuit against the homophobic cops who improperly nabbed them.
The two ladies, Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero, were enjoying a vacation from Los Angeles and also trying to enjoy each other's company when the bust went down. The situation escalated after officer Bobby Harrison (off duty at the time) approached the kissing cuties and told them to "take it someplace else."
Shortly after the couple bravely refused, the copper “threw Plaintiff Guerrero on to the ground, striking Plaintiff Wilson in the process, and placed both of them in restraints." Seems a bit excessive over some smooches, don't ya think?
Officer Harrison later went on to claim that the girls were "assaulting an officer" (haha, no), leading to the Honolulu PD launching an internal investigation into the incident. Because, you know, given the history of policework in this country, that always results in justice for the wronged.
Although the popo dropped the charges, the couple didn't stop there. They later filed a suit against the police, eventually winning $80,000 in damages. “For the publicity that it has gained I hope that people saw it and it gives them inspiration to stand up for the civil rights that we have and to not tolerate bigotry behavior like that because it’s not acceptable,” Wilson stated. She added that she hopes “Harrison “[suffers] some sort of repercussions for his actions.”
The couple has since split up but will be dividing the money evenly between them after all legal fees are taken care of. “The Department of the Corporation Counsel believes that the tentative settlement is in the best interests of the city,” said city attorney Donna Leong in a statement last week.
Huh! This song just popped into my head. No idea why.