Live PD is involved in an in-custody death investigation. The Williamson County Sherriff’s Office has stalled the investigation for the past year by not allowing the footage to be released. Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore revealed the details on Twitter on Monday, June 8.
Javier Ambler died while in custody of Williamson County deputies on March 28, 2019. He drove home from a poker game with friends. Deputies pulled him over when they noticed he failed to dim his headlights of his SUV onto oncoming traffic. This led to a nearly 22-minute car chase that started in Williamson County and ended in Austin. Deputies deployed tasers four times and held him down while the A&E show Live PD filmed.
The 40-year-old postal worker pleaded for them to get off him. He told deputies that he suffered from congestive heart failure and couldn’t breathe. His last words were, “Save me” before deputies deployed another final taser. However, outlets never reported Ambler’s death. Additionally, Live PD never mentioned the incident.
Williams County commissioners stop Sherriff Robert Chody and Live PD from filming
Per Kxan, Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore claims the initial findings found that Ambler notified officers of his heart condition before he was tased four times. The body camera footage shows an Austin Police Department office ignoring Ambler’s cries for help. He said, “I can’t breathe,” and “I have congestive heart failure.” In addition, Williamson County commissioners filed a lawsuit asking Sheriff Robert Chody and Live PD from filming.
“For the last year, (Williamson County Sherriff’s Office) has stonewalled our investigation,” Moore wrote on Twitter. “What should have been a routine traffic stop ended with Javier’s death.”
Over the last year, the District Attorney’s Office has been fighting with Williamson County Sheriff’s Office to have Live PD video footage related to Javier Ambler’s death released. What should have been a routine traffic stop, ended with Javier’s death.
— Margaret Moore (@ElectMargaret) June 8, 2020
The Texas Attorney General’s Office ruled Ambler’s death as a homicide with the cause of death listed as “congestive heart failure and hypertensive cardiovascular disease associated with morbid obesity, in combination with forcible restraint.” The report also suggested that lymphocytic myocarditis could have also contributed to Ambler’s death. Ambler was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident, according to the report.
Live PD, Cops pulled amid nationwide protests
Javier Ambler is just one of the many black people who have died in the hands of police. This also comes after Live PD was pulled from the air following George Floyd’s death and the nationwide protests. The popular cable series follows the real-life activities of police officers through documentary-style cameras, per USA Today.
A&E pulled two new episodes for Friday and Saturday. Saturday was the show’s 300th episode. In addition, Season 33 of Cops was no longer on the Paramount Network’s official website or Monday lineup. Instead, a repeat of Ghostbusters aired.
— Dan Abrams (@danabrams) June 5, 2020
Paramount Network has yet to respond. A&E issued a statement explaining its reason to pull Live PD from its weekend lineup.
“Out of respect for the families of George Floyd and others who have lost their lives, in consultation with the departments we follow, and in consideration for the safety of all involved, we have made the decision not to broadcast ‘Live PD’ this weekend,” the statement read.
No further details were available as to when new episodes of Live PD will air. However, the series could land itself in trouble due to this recent development. Check back with TV Shows Ace for more updates.