Two lesbians who were jailed over a Public Display of Affection(PDA) charges will now get $110,000 as a settlement amount from the state of Hawaii.
Taylor Guerrero and Courtney Wilson from Los Angeles were caught kissing in a grocery store by a police officer, following their visit to Honolulu last year.
Officer Bobby Harrison, didn’t like their consensual contact in public as he loudly ordered them to stop and take it somewhere else outside the store, according to Slate.
The lesbians were strolling down one the aisles holding their hands. At one extent, they hugged and kissed.
“We were holding hands and I was kissing her cheek. He was like, ‘You girls, you girls can’t do that in here, ” Wilson said.
After repeating the same act, Harrison grasped Wilson’s hand and she started to dial 911. All three got into a tussle, later Harrison detained them. They were accused of felony against the officer and spent 3 days in jail. However, the charges were dismissed five months later.
On Friday, the federal court announced the settlement in Honolulu. It is yet to be approved by the City Council.
According to Telegraph, the decision on approval will take place at a meeting in July, said Nicolette Winter, Honolulu Deputy Corporation Counsel.
Corporation Counsel Donna Leong said: “The Department of the Corporation Counsel believes that the tentative settlement is in the best interests of the city.”
According to Buzzfeed, Wilson was let down as the officer didn’t face any tough consequence.
“We are glad that it is over, but are very disappointed that Harris suffered no direct consequence,” Wilson said
“We are glad this case got so much attention because in the end it showed people to stand up for your rights because you can,” she added.
As of this writing, the two are no longer a couple. After the charges were lifted, Wilson went back to Los Angeles while Guerrero made up her mind to stay in Hawaii.