Texas Sheriff Charged with Evidence Tampering in Black Man’s Death on ‘Live PD’
A Texas sheriff featured on “Live PD” is now facing charges of tampering with evidence – accused of removing video of cops chasing a black man who died in custody.
Williamson County Sheriff Robert chody was indicted on Monday by a grand jury … and went to the county jail, which he also oversees.
Williamson County DA Shawn dick and Travis County DA Margaret moore launched a joint investigation in June after body camera footage, obtained by KVUE-TV, showed Javier amblerfatal police interaction with police. “Live PD” reportedly destroyed footage of the murderous pursuit.
Jason nassour, the former Williamson County General Counsel, who was also at the scene of Ambler’s death in March 2019, has also been charged with tampering with evidence.
The indictments fell after weeks of grand jury investigation, including testimony from sheriff’s deputies who were at the scene when Ambler died.
Prosecutors say they can’t share what they learned about Sheriff Chody’s role in destroying the footage – it’s an ongoing case.
Ambler died after sheriff’s deputies Zach Camden and Jj johnson chased him for 22 minutes in a chase that began when Ambler didn’t dim his headlights.
During the chase, Ambler’s car crashed several times before stopping in a neighborhood in North Austin. The cops tasered him 4 times as he struggled for air, screaming about heart disease and saying he couldn’t breathe. A few minutes later, he died.
PD live teams followed MPs and cameras were rolling during the meeting, and there are camera footage of the police corps. Prosecutors say the “Live PD” video likely showed the clearest perspective of the murderous incident.
The A&E reality show was scrapped just days after the Austin statesman announced footage of Ambler had been destroyed. The move came at the height of national protests against police brutality following the George floydthe death.
The contract between “Live PD” and Williamson County would have allowed the show to destroy unreleased footage within 30 days, unless required by court order or other federal law or state.
Former “Live PD” host Dan Abrams Sheriff officials claimed on his website that the producers should save the video as a first step. Abrams said that 2 months after Ambler’s death, Sheriff Chody told producers the investigation was over and the producers destroyed the footage.
Sheriff Chody never mentioned knowledge of the images in public statements.
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