Woman Who Shoved Cop Must Wear Sign Saying So

It reads: 'I battered a police officer'
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2010 2:50 PM CST

(Newser) – An Orlando woman is the latest to run afoul of the novel-sentencing fad: Her punishment for pushing a police officer was to wear a sign reading, “I battered a police officer.” The 24-year-old woman, who got into a tiff with an off-duty cop outside a bar on her birthday, had to wear the sign—which concludes “I was wrong. I apologize”—outside the police station for 4 hours.

“It's humiliating, and it doesn't teach me anything,” Alexandra Espinosa-Amaya tells the Orlando Sentinel. But if the cop “is happy and feels a little better, I'll do it.” Espinosa-Amaya also got 2 years' probation and community service for her no contest plea. A police spokeswoman says the officer “asked for this disposition because he wanted to bring awareness to the fact that officers from this agency and others are battered on a regular basis.”

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