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Texas County Settles In With Javier Ambler’s Family Over “Live PD” Filmed Death

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Williamson County, Texas reached a $ 5 million wrongful death settlement with the family of Javier Ambler, a 40-year-old black man who died in a 2019 arrest filmed by the reality show “Live PD “.

Body camera video of the incident reportedly showed sheriff’s deputies zapping the father of two with a stun gun as he begged them to stop, claiming he couldn’t breathe.

“The county will pay approx. $ 1.6 million with the rest paid for by county insurance, ”a Williamson spokesperson wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

A lawyer for the family said in a statement that the Amblers hope the onerous settlement “sends a powerful message to law enforcement that ignoring the pleas of someone they cannot breathe will no longer be tolerated.” .

Ambler’s alleged offense was not to obscure the headlights of his car in the direction of oncoming traffic. The reaction of former Williamson Sheriff’s MPs JJ Johnson and Zach Camden has raised questions about law enforcement’s response to petty crimes and the place of reality TV in police work in life real.

The incident did not gain public attention until The Austin-American Statesman and KVUE-TV looked into the matter and released their disturbing findings in June 2020, as Americans all over the country were protesting against police brutality.

Javier Ambler was on his way home from a game of poker after 1 a.m. on March 28, 2019, when Johnson noticed his lights on, according to the Statesman and KVUE joint report. Johnson turned on his siren, but Ambler didn’t stop. For 22 minutes, Johnson chased Ambler through a suburb north of Austin until Ambler crushed his Honda Pilot.

Johnson drew his gun as he ordered Ambler to lie on the ground, according to the report, which was based on an internal investigation obtained under the Texas Public Information Act.

Then he took out his Taser and used it on Ambler. When Camden arrived on the scene – accompanied by the “Live PD” crew – he shocked Ambler a second time.

Although the A&E series is being filmed, “Live PD” told KVUE-TV that the video was subsequently destroyed.

As a result, the only footage of Ambler’s final moments came from an officer at another agency, the Austin Police Department, who carried a body camera. This officer arrived near the end of the incident.

In the body camera video, Ambler reportedly told police that he suffers from congestive heart failure and appears to have difficulty following their orders.

“I’m not resisting,” Ambler told officers, adding, “Sir, I can’t breathe. … Please. Please.”

Officers tasered him on four occasions, according to the report.

“Live PD” was suspended amid protests over George Floyd’s murder by police, and A&E canceled the show in June 2020 following reporting on Statesman and KVUE-TV. In May this year, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (right) signed a bill prohibiting Texas police from working with reality TV crews.

Some Williamson County law enforcement officials have faced criminal charges since Ambler’s death.

Robert Chody, who was Williamson County Sheriff at the time, was charged in late 2020 with tampering with evidence in the case, as was Deputy County District Attorney Jason Nassour. Both men deny the charges.

Johnson and Camden were charged with manslaughter in March 2021.


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