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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

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