Excessive force and police brutality are hot topics in America right now, given the recent spate of race related protests organized in response to the deaths of several African American citizens around the country. These topics are contentious, primarily because the narrative has placed them along racial lines. Though some in the media argue that the racial narrative is a forced meme, others stress that it’s impossible to look at issues like the militarization of police without considering macro-level racial injustices.

But if we want to examine these issues apart from race, there’s plenty of evidence with which to do so. Take, for instance, this video captured in August by Corpus Christi native Lanessa Espinosa.

Espinosa recorded the video (a right she is entitled to) of police officers investigating a fight in a parking lot when one, and Officer Lockhart, demands to see her ID. She refuses, since she was not being charged with a crime (also a right she is entitled to). Citing “obstruction,” Lockhart and another officer proceed to restrain Espinosa in a chokehold and slap cuffs on her wrists.

In an interview with The Blaze, Espinosa said that she was detained and that police requested that she delete the footage from her phone. Describing herself as “scared,” she initially complied, though she has since posted the video online after giving it several months to “cool off.”

In an official announcement from the Corpus Christi Police Department, authorities say that officers detained Espinosa because she was a part of the altercation police were investigating, and said that she was interfering with the public duties of the officers. It had nothing to do with the videotaping of the incident.

Still, Officer Lockhart could very easily have told her that he wanted to see her ID because he suspected she was involved in the fight, or arrested her on that suspicion. Instead, he seemed to take matters into his own hands and vaguely threaten the young woman before taking her in by force.

But hey, it’s hard to resist arrest if you don’t know you’re being arrested, right?

What do you think? Is police brutality a massive issue that reaches beyond the African American community? What do you think should be done about it?