Two former Texas sheriff’s deputies are going through manslaughter fees in the death of a black man who was tased following a automobile chase filmed by a reality TV movie crew, authorities stated.
Javier Ambler, 40, died in March 2019 after Williamson County deputies pursued him for greater than 20 minutes for allegedly failing to dim his headlights — as a crew from A&E’s “Dwell PD” filmed the encounter outdoors Austin.
Former Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputy James Johnson, 36, and Zachary Camden, 26, have been indicted by a grand jury on second-degree manslaughter fees in Ambler’s death, Travis County District Lawyer Jose Garza stated Tuesday.
“With these indictments, now we have taken one other crucial step in the direction of justice for the Ambler household and for our neighborhood,” Garza stated. “Whereas we will by no means take away the ache of the Ambler household, the grand jury has despatched a transparent message that nobody is above the legislation.”
Bail for Johsnon and Camden was set at $150,000, Garza stated. Each had been arrested Tuesday and launched inside an hour after posting bond, a spokesman for the Travis County Sheriff’s Workplace stated.
Ambler, a former postal employee, died after the deputies tased him a number of instances as he begged “I can’t breathe” and stated he had congestive coronary heart failure, in accordance with a federal lawsuit filed by his household alleging now-former Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody “inspired” deputies to be entertaining whereas filming “Dwell PD.”
The show was canceled by A&E in June following weeks of protests surrounding the police-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and experiences of Ambler’s death.
In an announcement, attorneys for the previous deputies stated Johnson and Camden are “neither morally nor legally accountable” for his Ambler’s death.
“We’re requesting a trial as quickly as potential the place we will guarantee politics, marketing campaign guarantees and sensationalized media portrayals is not going to distort the reality of what occurred,” attorneys Ken Ervin and Doug O’Connell stated.
The footage of Ambler by no means aired on the show as a result of its coverage in opposition to displaying a fatality.
A death-in-custody report confirmed Ambler by no means tried to assault the deputies or made any threats towards them, the Austin American-Statesman reported final June.
Chody, in the meantime, was indicted in September for allegedly destroying or concealing video footage in the probe into Amber’s death.
With Put up wires