A police officer in Hawaii is being investigated by officials after he allegedly arrested a lesbian couple who were kissing in public.
Taylor Guerrero and Courtney Wilson were holidaying on the islands from Los Angeles in March this year when they stopped off at a Woodland grocery store.
Officer Bobby Harrison is then said to have taken offence at the pair’s public displays of affection when they began kissing.
According to a lawsuit, the pair were hugging and holding hands as they walked through the aisles, while Harrison “observed their consensual romantic contact and, in a loud voice, ordered plaintiffs to stop and ‘take it somewhere else.’”
The couple, who have been dating for two years, complied with the officer’s demands but were allegedly told they would be thrown out of the store when he saw them being affectionate again.
Things soon turned physical when the pair queued up to pay for their goods, according to Guerrero.
She claimed: “He was bumping his belly against Courtney.
”He said, 'you girls don’t know how to act. You don’t know the difference between a motel and a grocery store.’”
Guerrero then claimed she was shoved by Harrison when she tried to defend her girlfriend and kicked him as she fell.
Wilson added: “The whole situation got physical. I got punched in the face by him.”
Other shoppers could only watch as shop staff restrained the couple as Harrison arrested them for assault on an officer.
The pair were jailed for three days before they were released and ordered to stay in Honolulu, where they had to stay with friends and family.
Their charges were eventually dropped.
The Honolulu Police Department have now launched an investigation into wrongful arrest while Harrison remains on active duty.