A Texas sheriff who starred in the controversial reality show Live PD was arrested Monday on charges of manipulation of a black man who died in police custody.
Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody is accused of destroying or concealing audio and video footage showing his MPs prosecuted Javier Ambler, 40, following a charge in March 2019 and used violence.
The footage was captured by Live PD cameras the night Ambler, a retired postal worker and father of two, died after a 22-minute chase by Williamson County MPs.
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Former Williamson County’s General Counsel Jason Nassour is also accused of destroying the records in his investigation into Ambler’s death “with the intention of compromising its ability to be used as evidence.”
Both men were charged with manipulation. You are expected to be charged on Monday afternoon.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A&E representatives also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Ambler’s final moments were captured on police cameras, but prosecutors searched for the live PD footage because it probably offered the clearest view of the deadly confrontation.
The MPs chased Ambler for allegedly failing to adjust his headlights for oncoming traffic. The chase ended in Austin, where Ambler was held back and verbally abused at least three times.
Before Ambler passed out, he told officers he had heart disease and could not breathe.
Ambler died of heart failure and hypertensive cardiovascular disease related to morbid obesity combined with violent restraint. This is based on a death report filed with the Texas Attorney General.
The manner of death was considered homicide.
An internal Williamson County investigation cleared the MPs involved in the malpractice encounter. However, Rep. James Johnson and Zach Camden continue to be investigated by Austin police and Travis County attorneys.