Austin, Texas (AP) —Two former sheriffs in Texas arrested on Tuesday for manslaughter of a man shocked by a stun gun after a police chase filmed in the real-time police TV series Live PD. It was. Authorities said.
The charges are the first to be directly related to Javier Ambler’s death. Javier Ambler followed for 22 minutes after the car agent tried to pull him for not dimming the headlights of the oncoming car. A former postal worker, Ambler, died after his agent repeatedly used a stun gun on him, despite his plea that he was ill and unable to breathe. The stop in the suburbs of Austin was captured by the camera by “Live PD”, which was canceled by the A & E Network in June.
The indictment was announced as a former Minneapolis police officer Being tried for the death of George Floyd, A case that brought police atrocities and racial injustice back to the forefront of the United States
Former Williamson County Sheriff James Johnson, 36, and Zachary Camden, 26, were both charged with manslaughter, according to Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza. They were booked in Travis County Jail on Tuesday and released with $ 150,000 each in bonds within an hour, according to a spokeswoman for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. It was not immediately clear whether the man had a lawyer who could comment on the charges.
“With these indictments, we have taken another important step towards justice for the Ambler family and our community,” Garza said in a statement. “We can’t get rid of the pain of the Ambler family, but the grand jury sent a clear message that no one was beyond the law.”
A former lawmaker’s lawyer dismissed the indictment as political, stating that Ambler’s death was the result of his “physical efforts” to resist heart disease and lawmakers.
“Mr. Johnson and Camden are not morally or legally responsible for his death,” said lawyer Ken Irvin Doug O’Connell. “We are demanding a trial as soon as possible that can ensure that political, election promises, and sensational media depictions do not distort the truth of what happened.”
Democrat Garza, who was heavily elected in November, said he would prioritize Ambler’s case during the district attorney’s campaign.
Former Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody I was also charged last year For destroying or concealing the video in an investigation into Ambler’s death.
Johnson, who started the traffic stop, is black. Camden is white. At that time, both lawmakers had a “live PD” crew.
Ambler’s death police body camera video shows a 400-pound (180 kilogram) gasping man telling his agent that he wants to meet their demands but cannot because of congestive heart failure. I will.
“I’m not resisting,” exclaims Ambler. “Teacher, I can’t breathe …. please …. please.”
The body camera video was released last year by Austin American Statesman and KVUE-TV. A & E states that the video was not broadcast due to a policy prohibiting showing death.
The indictment states that the agent acts “recklessly” by “continuing all the restraints and actions described when (Ambler) states that he is unable to breathe many times and is in good health.” I blame him for doing it.
A & E did not respond to a request for comment on the indictment.
Braeberg reported from Dallas.