Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Did you see this?

Caught this story on the AP wire the other day:

ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orlando police officer wanted a unique punishment for the 24-year-old Alabama woman who pushed her palm to his face.

Something to bring awareness to the problem. And what better way than advertising?

Alexandra Espinosa-Amaya wore a sign reading "I battered a police officer. I was wrong. I apologize." for four hours Tuesday outside the police station.

It was part of a plea agreement on simple battery and resisting an officer without violence charges. The judge also ordered an apology letter, anger management counseling, 50 hours of community service and two years' probation.

"It's humiliating, and it doesn't teach me anything," Espinosa-Amaya told the Orlando Sentinel outside the courtroom and before she headed to the police station. "But if (the officer) is happy and feels a little better, I'll do it."

Espinosa-Amaya, from Bogota, Colombia, played on the JSU women's golf team and has since graduated. She was arrested after clashing with bouncers when she got thrown out of an Orlando bar in 2008, the fall of her senior year. JSU golf coach James Hobbs suspended her from the team after the incident.

She was later reinstated and finished 30th in her final collegiate event -- the 2009 OVC Women's Championship -- with rounds of 85, 81 and 87.

You can read a longer version of the story on the Orlando Sentinel's website.

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