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VIDEO: Acrobat Detained For Wearing Thong Bikini, Incident Goes Viral

Myrtle Beach, SC – Acrobat Sam Panda was detained on Myrtle Beach after someone reported her for wearing a thong in violation of local laws (video below).

Panda, a well-known aerial performer from Pittsburgh, was at the beach with a friend and was wearing a very tiny thong bikini bottom that showed her entire buttocks when someone called the police about her, the New York Post reported.

A friend of Panda’s captured the entire incident on cell phone video and the acrobat posted it to social media.

The video showed the officers putting Panda in handcuffs as the friend filming attempted to grill them.

The officers put the cuffs on and then began to walk her toward their patrol vehicle.

The video showed they offered to show the local ordinance banning thongs to Panda and her friend when they got to their SUV.

“I literally wear this to the beach every single day,” Panda insisted as the officers marched her along.

“Did someone complain?” the friend asked.

The officers confirmed there had been a complaint about Panda’s thong.

Once they got to the SUV, the officers showed Panda and her friend the rulebook but that didn’t end the argument.

Her friend complained about the semantics of the ordinance and kept insisting that Panda wasn’t in the wrong if she showed a naked body part in a non-sexually-explicit manner.

Then he began ranting that he could see butt cheeks in other bikinis on the beach and complained the officers were singling Panda out.

“There’s no nudity going on here,” the friend with the camera argued.

Panda’s “thong” bottom could be seen in the video and as really more of a G-string than a thong, but both are prohibited by Myrtle Beach ordinances.

The video showed the officers called a supervisor to the scene, and the sergeant re-explained the ordinance to Panda and her friend.

The government of Myrtle Beach, and that of Horry County where it’s located, have prohibited thong bikinis on their beaches under an indecent exposure ordinance, WTNH reported.

The law has been in place for a long time and police usually give violators only a warning the first time they’re caught.

Police said that after the ordinance was explained by the sergeant, Panda complied with the law and was released, WTNH reported.

But once she was released, Panda let loose on social media at the “Karen” she said had complained to police about her illegal thong.

“If you are a woman, and you decide to call the police on other women for their bodies ON A BEACH, IN FRONT OF YOUR TEENAGE DAUGHTER…,” she wrote on Facebook, according to the New York Post.

“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,” she continued.

“And worst of all, you showed your daughter that her body is something she should be ashamed of and could be detained for,” Panda ranted. “You showed her that a man can harm a woman over the way her body is viewed by other people. You have objectified a female body that does not belong to you and have showed your daughter that those actions are acceptable.”

“You should be absolutely ashamed of yourself,” she lectured.

In an Instagram post, the acrobat said her detainment was “a vulgar use of force, an egregious overuse of power, and it needs to be addressed.”

Panda is best known for having broken her neck in Bali when a piece of equipment she was hanging from malfunctioned, WTNH reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Obscene Language:

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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