Lanessa Espinosa was recently filming some police activity in a parking lot in Corpus Christi, Texas, when she found herself being placed in a chokehold.
According to PhotographyIsNotaCrime.com, Corpus Christi Police Sgt. J.E. Lockhart approached Espinosa and requested her ID (video below).
“There is a probable cause for us to be out here,” stated Sgt. Lockhart. “I want to know who you are, so I’m requesting your ID. You fail to ID, I’m going to take you into jail, and that’s law.”
When Espinosa asked what she was being charged with, Sgt. Lockhart replied, “You’re not being charged with anything.”
“Then I don’t have to show you my ID, sir,” stated Espinosa.
“You’re involved in an investigation," said Sgt. Lockhart. "You want to interfere with an investigation, you’re going to jail for interfering with a police officer in performance of his investigation. Do you understand that?"
Espinosa said she was afraid for her safety and backed away from Sgt. Lockhart, but was quickly placed in a chokehold by another unidentified officer, which she filmed.
Espinosa wrote on her YouTube page: "Not being charged, handcuffed, put in a chokehold, and detained."
UPDATE: The Corpus Christie Police Department issued a statement on their website today confirming that Sgt. Lockhart is one of their officers, but claimed that the cop who placed the chokehold on Espinosa was an off-duty NCDA officer.
The Corpus Christi Police Department also claimed that Espinosa was was detained for "interference with public duties," but in the next sentence said the detention was based on the fighting incident.
Ms. Espinosa was restrained by the off-duty NCDA officer and detained by Officer Lockhart for “Interference with Public Duties." The detention was based on the incident (that she had been involved in the fight, which she admitted), and not due to the fact that Ms. Espinosa was videotaping the officers.
Sgt. Lockhart told Espinosa on the video, "You fail to ID, I’m going to take you into jail, and that’s law,” and "You’re going to jail for interfering with a police officer in performance of his investigation."