Honolulu has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle a lawsuit from two gay women who allege a police officer wrongfully arrested them after seeing them kissing in a grocery store.
Details of the settlement were announced Friday in federal court in Honolulu. It is still subject to city council approval. The council is expected to consider the settlement at a 6 July meeting, said Nicolette Winter, a Honolulu deputy corporation counsel.
“The Department of the Corporation Counsel believes that the tentative settlement is in the best interests of the city,” the corporation counsel, Donna Leong, said in a statement.
Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero were visiting Hawaii from Los Angeles last year when, according to the their lawsuit, they were harassed and arrested because the officer didn’t like their public displays of affection in a Foodland store on Oahu’s North Shore.