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Taxpayers fork out $5 million after cops on 'LIVE PD' killed a man for failing to dim headlights.


Javier Ambler, a 40-year-old postal worker, was reportedly driving home after a friendly poker game when he failed to lower his headlights as he passed another car. This is certainly something that everyone reading this post has done at some time in their lives. However, Ambler would be dead an hour later as a result of driving past a Williamson County sheriff's officer.

Now, some three years after his death, Williamson County taxpayers have been informed that they will be paying $5 million to Ambler's family in a wrongful death case.

"While the Ambler family is devastated by the loss of their son and loving father, they are proud that they fought for him and hope that this settlement and the changes made at Williamson County as a result of this case send a strong message to law enforcement that ignoring a person's pleas for help will no longer be tolerated," Jeff Edwards, the family's attorney, said Tuesday.

The Austin American-Statesmen reports that the settlement is the biggest in county history and is the latest step in a case that has resulted in several prosecutions, issues about the role of reality television in law enforcement, and a new Texas statute prohibiting such collaborations.

These indictments occurred two years after his death. James Johnson and Zachary Camden, the deputies who squeezed the life out of him as he cried for aid on the now-cancelled Live PD programme, have been charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter each in Ambler's March death.

Naturally, the deputies' union-appointed counsel denies any wrongdoing and assert that the allegations against them are baseless and amounted to a "political talking point." Ken Ervin and Doug O'Connell, the lawyers, made a statement blaming Ambler for his own death.

"While Mr. Ambler's physical exertion in fighting the three policemen who attempted to arrest him undoubtedly contributed to his medical emergency, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Camden have no moral or legal responsibility for his death," the statement said.

However, there was no resistance, as seen by the footage below.

The 29-page lawsuit — which resulted in the historic settlement — details in chilling detail how Ambler, a 400-pound former high school football player with a heart condition and obesity, died on March 28, 2019, while in the custody of Williamson County Sheriff's Deputies JJ Johnson and Zachary Camden.

Initially, after Ambler's death, Williamson County sheriff's department detectives conducted their own investigation and decided that the officers did not break the agency's chase or use-of-force regulations. This was despite the fact that the death of Ambler has deemed a murder. That seems to have altered recently.

Sheriff Robert Chody, according to the complaint, had a "permissive pursuit policy" that encouraged cops to follow individuals "until the wheels fell off."

Additionally, it states that Chody "encouraged cops to use excessive force while being videotaped by 'Live PD,'" in order to boost the reality show's entertainment value.

According to the NY Daily News at the time, one of Chody's officers, Deputy Jarred Dalton, confirmed Chody's alleged directives when he tweeted about his ride-along with "Live PD," saying, "Glad we could make some good TV for the boss man," and "Gonna try to stir up some good stuff for y'all tonight."

Prior to charging the two cops, a Williamson County grand jury indicted Sheriff Robert Chody on felony evidence tampering in connection with Ambler's murder last September. Chody is charged with deleting the video and audio recordings from the inquiry into Ambler's death "in order to hinder their availability as evidence in the investigation," KVUE reported.

The fact that Jason Nassour, the Williamson County attorney, was also arrested on the same allegation for allegedly tampering with the same evidence adds to the case's conspiratorial appearance.

As previously reported, Live PD purportedly erased all video of Ambler's police-involved death. The indictments arise from an independent investigation conducted by the media in collaboration with the KVUE Defenders and the Austin American-Statesman after both organisations determined in June that the tape had been deleted.

As we previously reported, Ambler's last moments were recorded on police body camera video and by the crew of A&E's reality programme "Live PD." He never resisted, presented a danger to officers, or tried to fight them, nevertheless, he was pushed to the ground, repeatedly tasered, and had his body's breath sucked out until he passed out.

The confrontation apparently started when Deputy J.J. Johnson, a regular on "Live PD," passed Ambler and saw him failing to lower his brights. As a result, the deputy singled out Ambler for extortion and eventual murder.

For unexplained reasons — most likely fear of what the police could do or a desire to avoid being extorted — Ambler did not stop. He led cops on a 20-minute pursuit. The officers remained behind him since it is part of their job description to extort, abduct, and, in this case, murder individuals for failing to dim their headlights while passing another car.

Ambler's car crashed, bringing the pursuit to an end.

According to the Statesman:

Johnson, who was alone at the time, grabbed his rifle and ordered Ambler to exit his vehicle, raise his hands, and kneel. Ambler, a former 400-pound football player, exited and displayed his hands. Johnson, who is black and about half the size of Ambler, holstered his pistol and drew his Taser.

"Decline!" Johnson reiterated the statement numerous times.

Johnson deployed his Taser on Ambler as he seemed to turn toward his vehicle door, according to an internal investigation report acquired by the Statesman under the Texas Public Information Act. Ambler dropped on one knee, turned onto his back and stomach, and pretended to stand.

Moments later, many cops are squeezing the man's body while he pleads with them to stop, stating that he has congestive heart failure.

"I'm suffering from congestive heart failure," Ambler explains. "I am suffering from congestive heart failure. I am unable to breathe."

Despite the fact that the guy poses no danger, officers continue to shout cease resisting as Ambler repeats, "I can't breathe," each time becoming weaker as his lungs empty.

"I will not resist," Ambler sobs. "Sir, I'm having difficulty breathing. Kindly.... Kindly."

Deputies, plainly unaware that Ambler is unable to place his hands behind his back due to his size and health condition, continue to shout at him to do so while administering further taser hits to the 400-pound former football star.

"Assist me," Ambler pleads.

"Accomplish what we want!" 'Yell!' shouts a deputy.

"I am unable to," Ambler states. These would be his last words, just before he was tasered for the fourth time.

Ambler becomes fully unconscious after the taser. Despite the fact that he has ceased to move, the cops continue to shout at him to "put your hands behind your back and stop struggling."

They discover the unconscious guy has ceased breathing, is unconscious and has no pulse after cuffing him. He'd be declared dead moments afterwards.

As the Statesman reports, a death-in-custody report filed with the Texas attorney general's office — a procedure required whenever a person dies in police custody — stated that Ambler made no attempt to assault deputies; he made no verbal threats to others, and he made no attempt to seize any officers' weapons.

Essentially, the whole use and escalation of force were superfluous.

We will never know why Ambler did not come to a halt that night, but he had done no further offences. He would have faced the most severe allegation of failing to stop for police. And he paid the ultimate price for it.

This guy was followed, taken from his vehicle, thrown to the ground, shocked repeatedly, and had the breath squeezed from his lungs until he died, supposedly for failing to lower his headlights and driving away from officers attempting to show off for the camera.

Video link:https://www.statesman.com/videos/news/2021/01/11/police-footage-javier-amblers-fatal-encounter-texas-deputies/6626107002/

Cops are arrested for killing a man on 'LIVE PD' for failing to dim headlights and crying, 'I can't breathe.'


Javier Ambler, a 40-year-old postal worker, was on his way home from a friendly card when he allegedly made the error of failing to dim his headlights when passing another vehicle. this can be something everyone who is reading this text has likely done at some point in their life. However, because Ambler drove past a Williamson County sheriff’s deputy, an hour later, he’d be dead.

Finally, two years after his death, the deputies who squeezed the life out of him as he begged for assistance on the now-canceled Live PD show, are being held accountable. A jury indicted deputies James Johnson and Zachary Camden on one count of second-degree manslaughter each in Ambler’s death, Travis County prosecutor José Garza announced Tuesday.

“With these indictments, we've taken another critical step towards justice for the Ambler family and for our community,” Garza said. “While we will never remove the pain of the Ambler family, the jury has sent a transparent message that nobody is above the law.”

Both deputies were arrested and remained on $150,000 on bail.

Naturally, the union-appointed attorneys for the deputies, deny all wrongdoing and claim the costs against them are frivolous and tantamount to a “political point.” The attorneys, Ken Ervin and Doug O’Connell released a press release Tuesday, blaming Ambler for his own death.

“Mr. Ambler’s exercise in resisting the three officers it took to urge him into handcuffs little question contributed to his medical emergency, but Mr. Johnson and Mr. Camden are neither morally nor legally answerable for his death,” the statement said.

But there was no resisting and therefore the video below proves it.

Last year, relatives of Ambler filed an excessive force complaint and a lawsuit. per the NY Daily News, the 29-page lawsuit lays move into chilling detail how Ambler, a 400-pound former high school player who suffered from a cardiopathy and obesity, ended up dead within the custody of Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputies JJ Johnson and Zachary Camden on March 28, 2019.

Originally, after Ambler was killed, investigators with the Williamson County sheriff’s department investigated themselves and determined that the deputies didn't violate the agency’s pursuit of use-of-force policies. This was in spite of the very fact that Ambler’s death was ruled a homicide. However, that has now apparently changed.

According to the lawsuit, the deputies’ boss, Sheriff Robert Chody, had a “permissive chase policy” that encouraged officers to pursue people “until the wheels fall off.”

It also says Chody “encouraged officers to use excessive force after they were being filmed by ‘Live PD,’” to extend the entertainment value for the fact show.

As the News reports, it says one in all Chody’s officers, Deputy Jarred Dalton, confirmed Chody’s alleged directives when he tweeted about his ride-along with “Live PD,” saying, “Glad we could make some good TV for the boss man,” and “Gonna attempt to get some good things stirred for y’all tonight.”

Before the 2 deputies were charged, a Williamson County jury indicted Sheriff Robert Chody for felony evidence tampering in Ambler’s death in September of last year. consistent with court documents, Chody is accused of destroying video recordings and audio recordings within the investigation into Ambler’s death “with the intent to impair their availability as evidence within the investigation, “KVUE reports.

Adding to the conspiratorial nature of the case is that the proven fact that Jason Nassour, the attorney for Williamson County, was also booked on the identical charge for allegedly tampering with the identical evidence.

As reported last year, Live PD reportedly destroyed all footage of Ambler’s death at the hands of police. The indictments stem from an independent investigation launched by media with the KVUE Defenders and also the Austin American-Statesman jointly after they both confirmed in June that the footage was destroyed.

As we reported at the time, Ambler’s last moments alive were captured on police body camera footage furthermore as footage from the crew from A&E’s reality show “Live PD.” He never resisted, posed a threat to cops, or attempted to attack them, yet he was thrown to the bottom, repeatedly tasered, and therefore the air squeezed from his body until he fell unconscious and died.

The incident began as Deputy J.J. Johnson, who is frequently featured on “Live PD,” passed Ambler and allegedly saw him fail to dim his brights. So, the deputy targeted Ambler for extortion and subsequent murder.

For unknown reasons — likely because of the actual fact that he was frightened of what the police may do, or he didn't want to be extorted — Ambler failed to stop. He led the police on a chase for over 20 minutes. The cops stayed behind him because it's in their verbal description to extort, kidnap, and during this instance, kill people over failing to show down your brights when passing another vehicle.

The chase came to an end when Ambler crashed his vehicle.

As the Statesman reports:

Johnson, who had no backup at the time, drew his gun and ordered Ambler to induce out of his car, raise his hands and find on the bottom. Ambler, a 400-pound former player, got out and showed his hands. Johnson, who is black and about half Ambler’s size, holstered his gun and pulled out his Taser.

“Get down!” Johnson repeated several times.

When Ambler looked as if it would turn toward his door, Johnson used his Taser, per an interior investigative report the Statesman obtained under the Texas Public Information Act. Ambler fell on one knee, rolled onto his back and stomach, and acted like he was trying to face.

Moments later, multiple officers are pushing down on the man’s body as he begs them to prevent, telling them he had a congestive coronary failure.

“I have a congestive coronary failure,” Ambler says. “I have congestive failure. I can’t breathe.”

Despite the person posing no threat whatsoever, cops still yell stop resisting as Ambler repeats, “I can’t breathe,” anytime getting softer because the breath leaves his lungs.

“I am not resisting,” Ambler cries. “Sir, I can’t breathe. … Please. … Please.”

Deputies, clearly ignorant to the actual fact that Ambler is unable to place his hands behind his back thanks to his size and health condition, keep yelling at him to try to do so while delivering more taser strikes to 400 lb former participant.

“Save me,” Ambler cries.

“Do what we’re asking you to do!” a deputy yells.

“I can’t,” Ambler says. These would be his last words, just before a political candidate tasers him for the fourth time.

After the taser, Ambler goes completely unconscious. In spite of not moving, the officers still yell at him to “get your hands behind your back and stop resisting.”

After cuffing the unconscious man, they realize he stopped breathing, was unconscious, and had no pulse. Moments later, he’d be pronounced dead.

As the Statesman reports, a death-in-custody report filed with the Texas attorney general’s office — a procedure required anytime an individual dies in police custody — said Ambler failed to try to, nor did he assault deputies; he didn't verbally threaten others nor try to get control of any officers’ weapons.

Basically, the whole application and escalation of force were unnecessary.

We will never know why Ambler didn’t stop that night, but he had committed no other crime. the foremost serious charge he would’ve faced would’ve been failing to prevent for police. And he died for it.

This man was pursued, pulled out of his car, thrown to the bottom, repeatedly shocked, and therefore the air squeezed from his lungs until he died because he allegedly didn't dim his headlights and drove removed from cops trying to point out off for the camera.

“It is of very serious concern to any people who are in enforcement that the choice to have interaction therein chase was driven by more of a requirement to supply entertainment than to stay Williamson County citizens safe,” said Travis County prosecuting attorney Margaret Moore.

Indeed. It appears that Johnson initiated a dangerous and deadly chase over something as petty as flashing one’s brights, all so he could make the producers happy at LIVE PD, who consistently put him on the air.

Perhaps there's something within the LIVE PD video that shows police never should have pursued Ambler in the first place, and maybethat's why it had been destroyed. Now, however, it's their word against Ambler’s estate. Below is that the full police body camera footage from that night



Family Sues as Video indicates police officers Kill man on ‘live PD’ Over Headlights, Crying, ‘i will Breathe’




 Javier Ambler, a 40-year-old postal worker, was on his way home from a friendly poker when he allegedly made the error of failing to show off his brights when passing another vehicle. this is often something everyone who is reading this text has likely done at some point in their life. However, because Ambler drove past a Williamson County sheriff’s deputy, an hour later, he’d be dead.


Because the officers who killed him weren't held accountable, relatives of Ambler filed the excessive force complaint in the weekin line with the NY Daily News, the 29-page lawsuit lays move into chilling detail how Ambler, a 400-pound former high school footballer who suffered from cardiovascular disease and obesity, ended up dead within the custody of Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputies JJ Johnson and Zachary Camden on March 28, 2019.

Ambler has killed last year and investigators with the Williamson County sheriff’s department investigated themselves and determined that the deputies didn't violate the agency’s pursuit of use-of-force policies. This was in spite of the very fact that Ambler’s death was ruled a homicide.

The lawsuit claims the deputies’ boss, Sheriff Robert Chody, had a “permissive chase policy” that encouraged officers to pursue people “until the wheels fall off.”

It also says Chody “encouraged officers to use excessive force after they were being filmed by ‘Live PD,’” to extend the entertainment value for the fact show.

As the News reports, it says one in all Chody’s officers, Deputy Jarred Dalton, confirmed Chody’s alleged directives when he tweeted about his ride-along with “Live PD,” saying, “Glad we could make some good TV for the boss man,” and “Gonna attempt to get some great things excited for y’all tonight.”

Though the officers who killed Ambler weren't held accountable, a Williamson County jury indicted Sheriff Robert Chody for felony evidence tampering in Ambler’s death. consistent with court documents, Chody is accused of destroying video recordings and audio recordings within the investigation into Ambler’s death “with the intent to impair their availability as evidence within the investigation, “KVUE reports.

Chody was booked into the Williamson County jail and released shortly after on a $10,000 bail. Adding to the conspiratorial nature of the case is that the incontrovertible fact that Jason Nassour, the attorney for Williamson County, was also booked on the identical charge for allegedly tampering with the identical evidence.

As reported earlier this year, Live PD reportedly destroyed all footage of Ambler’s death at the hands of police. The indictments stem from an independent investigation launched by media with the KVUE Defenders and also the Austin American-Statesman jointly after they both confirmed in June that the footage was destroyed.

Jeff Edwards of the Edwards Law Group, who is representing the Ambler family, released the subsequent statement with regard to the charges:

“Today, we learned that a reason for the slow pace of justice, during this case, is that Sheriff Chody allegedly acted to destroy video evidence of Mr. Ambler’s death. It seems the sheriff was more inquisitive about being a part of a reality TV program and providing entertaining video content than protecting the lives of the Black citizens he was sworn to guard. If true, such shameful behavior by an enforcement leader is striking evidence that there has to be a sweeping, systemic overhaul of our system of policing.”

As we reported at the time, Ambler’s last moments alive were captured on police body camera footage moreover as footage from the crew from A&E’s reality show “Live PD.” He never resisted, posed a threat to cops, or attempted to attack them, yet he was thrown to the bottom, repeatedly tasered, and therefore the air squeezed from his body until he fell unconscious and died.

The incident began as Deputy J.J. Johnson, who is frequently featured on “Live PD,” passed Ambler and allegedly saw him fail to dim his brights. So, the deputy targeted Ambler for extortion and subsequent murder.

For unknown reasons — likely because of the very fact that he was terrified of what the police may do, or didn't want to be extorted — Ambler failed to stop. He led police on a chase for over 20 minutes. The cops stayed behind him because it's in their description to extort, kidnap, and during this instance, kill people over failing to show down your brights when passing another vehicle.

The chase came to an end when Ambler crashed his vehicle.

As the Statesman reports:

Johnson, who had no backup at the time, drew his gun and ordered Ambler to urge out of his car, raise his hands and find on the bottom. Ambler, a 400-pound former player, got out and showed his hands. Johnson, who is black and about half Ambler’s size, holstered his gun and pulled out his Taser.

“Get down!” Johnson repeated several times.

When Ambler perceived to turn toward his door, Johnson used his Taser, in line with an indoor investigative report the Statesman obtained under the Texas Public Information Act. Ambler fell on one knee, rolled onto his back and stomach, and acted like he was trying to face.

Moments later, multiple officers are pushing down on the man’s body as he begs them to prevent, telling them he had a congestive failure.

“I have a congestive failure,” Ambler says. “I have a congestive heart condition. I can’t breathe.”

Despite the person posing no threat whatsoever, cops still yell stop resisting as Ambler repeats, “I can’t breathe,” whenever getting softer because the breath leaves his lungs.

“I am not resisting,” Ambler cries. “Sir, I can’t breathe. … Please. … Please.”

Deputies, clearly unaware of the very fact that Ambler is unable to place his hands behind his back due to his size and health condition, keep yelling at him to try to do so while delivering more taser strikes to 400 lb former player.

“Save me,” Ambler cries.

“Do what we’re asking you to do!” a deputy yells.

“I can’t,” Ambler says, These would be his last words, just before a political candidate tasers him for the fourth time.

After the taser, Ambler goes completely unconscious. In spite of now not moving, the officers still yell at him to “get your hands behind your back and stop resisting.”

After cuffing the unconscious man, they realize he stopped breathing, was unconscious, and had no pulse. Moments later, he’d be pronounced dead.

As the Statesman reports, a death-in-custody report filed with the Texas attorney general’s office — a procedure required anytime an individual dies in police custody — said Ambler didn't try to, nor did he assault deputies; he failed to verbally threaten others nor try and get control of any officers’ weapons.

Basically, the whole application and escalation of force were unnecessary.

We will never know why Ambler didn’t stop that night, but he had committed no other crime. the foremost serious charge he would’ve faced would’ve been failing to prevent for police. And he died for it.

This man was pursued, pulled out of his car, thrown to the bottom, repeatedly shocked, and therefore the air squeezed from his lungs until he died because he allegedly didn't dim his headlights.

“It is of very serious concern to any folks who are in enforcement that the choice to interact in this chase was driven by more of a requirement to supply entertainment than to stay Williamson County citizens safe,” said Travis County public prosecutor Margaret Moore.

Indeed. It appears that Johnson initiated a dangerous and deadly chase over something as petty as flashing one’s brights, all so he could make the producers happy at LIVE PD, who consistently put him on the air.

Perhaps there's something within the LIVE PD video that shows police never should have pursued Ambler in the first place, and maybethat's why it had been destroyed. Now, however, it's their word against Ambler’s estate. Below is that the full police body camera footage from that night.

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