The Honolulu City Council is on track to approve an $80,000 settlement for a lesbian couple who sued the city contending a Honolulu police officer harassed and arrested them after he saw them kissing in a North Shore grocery store.

A resolution to approve the payout is on the agenda for Wednesday’s full Council meeting.

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The couple spent three days in jail after the altercation.

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According to the lawsuit brought by California tourists Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero, they were walking through the aisles of a Foodland store when Officer Bobby Harrison “observed their consensual romantic contact and, in a loud voice, ordered plaintiffs to stop and ‘take it somewhere else,’” the Associated Press reported.

After Harrison observed them kissing again, he and the women got into a physical altercation, the lawsuit said. Wilson and Guerrero were arrested and spent three days in jail on suspicion of felony assault of an officer, according to the Associated Press.

The charges were ultimately dropped.

The City Council approved a $4.7 million settlement earlier this year for a case that alleged systemic racism and sexism within the department.

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