The 40-year-old Ambler died in March 2019 after a car chase that began in Williamson County, Texas and ended in the nearby city of Austin.
During the arrest, Ambler can be heard on body cameras telling the sheriff’s deputy that he cannot breathe several times. There was also an additional video from the A&E reality show “Live PD” that accompanied the officers on the hunt. The district attorney announced in June that Williamson County employees had been in contact with the show, which has since been canceled.
A&E has said that the footage never aired and that the network and its producers were never “asked about the footage or an interview by law enforcement investigators or prosecutors”
A spokesman for A&E said Tuesday the network had no comment.
Chody and Nassour were both arrested and released on bail Monday, Williamson District Attorney Shawn Dick said in a news conference. Her first court date is November 30th.
In a press conference on Monday, Chody denied the charges. The sheriff and his attorney criticized the Williamson and neighboring Travis Counties attorneys for using him as a “scapegoat” after investigating Ambler’s death more than a year after the incident.
Nassour told CNN on Tuesday that he could not comment at the time.
The prosecution mentions video and audio recordings
Williamson County prosecutors say they were informed of Ambler’s death in May 2020.
“We worked with the Travis County Attorney’s Office and the Austin Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit to bring this information to a Williamson County grand jury,” Dick said this week. “As this investigation continued, the Williamson County Grand Jury heard from 19 different witnesses.”
While the indictment does not specifically mention “Live PD”, it alleges that Chody and Nassour acted to “destroy or hide a record, document, or item, namely video and audio, with the intent to use theirs To affect availability as evidence in the EU. ” Detection.”
The offense is a third degree crime. If Chody and Nassour are found guilty, they face up to 10 years in prison.
Dan Abrams, who previously hosted the show, told CNN in June that there is a policy for the show to destroy the footage after a certain amount of time. He said the video was on hold for three months at Williamson County’s request while they investigated the incident.
“They then informed Live PD that the investigation was over. That was a year ago. That was the last time anyone on Live PD heard about the video,” Abrams said.
Bodycam recordings recorded the arrest
The video shows MPs trying to handcuff Ambler while he lies on the ground in front of his car. Authorities said they settled down after a minor accident during a vehicle chase in the early hours of March 28, 2019.
Ambler got out of his vehicle with his hands up but defied MPs’ attempts to handcuff him and refused to obey orders, according to a report from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. At least one MP used a taser on Ambler, the report said.
In the video captured by an Austin police officer’s body camera, MPs can be seen fighting Ambler when the officer arrives.
Ambler said several times, “I have heart failure” and “I cannot breathe”.
Within minutes, Ambler was handcuffed and the officers appeared to notice that he was not responding. Officers removed the handcuffs and attempted CPR, but Ambler was pronounced dead shortly after at a nearby hospital.
CNN’s Jason Hanna, Amir Vera and Ed Lavandera contributed to this report.