Sam Panda, a professional aerial artist originally from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, made headlines after she was cuffed by cops for wearing a thong bikini.
Panda was handcuffed and asked to leave the beach because she was wearing a thong bikini bottom, which qualified as indecent exposure, which officers said violated local ordinances.
Shocked by the actions of the local police officers, Panda took to social media to vent about what had happened to her. The encounter was caught on video that has since gone viral.
Writing on Facebook, she said: “A woman called the cops on me because of my bikini. That’s how this all started. Some [woman] decided that my body was offensive to her and showed her child that her body could one day lead to her arrest.
“You have allowed a 105-pound woman to get rushed, aggressively grabbed, manhandled, and cuffed. You allowed two women to be slut-shamed publicly on a beach for their bathing suits.
“And worst of all, you showed your daughter that her body is something she should be ashamed of and could be detained for. You showed her that a man can harm a woman over the way her body is viewed by other people.
In the now-viral footage of the incident, two police officers were seen putting handcuffs on her while the man shooting the video asked the officers to explain which part of the penal code she had violated.
In response, the officers asked the group to follow them to their patrol car, where they were seen reading the penal code.
“It shall be unlawful for any person to appear in the nude on any public beach… or any public property in the view of the public,” one officer said.
Panda and someone who is shooting a video of the encounter argues with the police officers who recite a rule banning nudity on the beach.
“A thong is not nude,” Panda says.
She was shocked. Fear overtook her. Moments ago, she was dancing with her friends in the sand in broad daylight. It was Myrtle Beach in July, and she was having the time of her life. At first, she resisted. She didn’t know who was grabbing her or why.
Putting her in handcuffs definitely could be construed as being a little extreme. After all, she was wearing a thong bikini so it’s not like there was any chance of her concealing a weapon.
Watch the intense confrontation scene here: WSAV3/Youtube