The 40-year-old Ambler died after being hit by a car that started in Williamson County, Texas in March 2019 and ended in the nearby city of Austin.
During the arrest, Ambler can be heard on body camera footage, which tells the sheriff’s statements that he is unable to breathe at times. But there was also additional video from the A&E reality show “Live PD”, which followed the officers who followed. The district attorney announced in June that Williamson County employees were in contact with the show, which has since been canceled.
A&E stated that the footage was never aired and that the network and its producers were “never asked for footage or to be interviewed by investigators from law enforcement or the District Attorney’s Office.”
An A&E spokesman said on Tuesday that the network had no comment.
Chodi denied the charge at a press conference on Monday. The sheriff and his attorney criticized the district attorneys of both Williamson and the neighboring Travis counties for using Ambler as a “scapegoat” after he failed to investigate Ambler’s death for more than a year after the incident. Were staying.
Nassour told CNN on Tuesday that it was not able to comment at this time.
The signal mentions video and audio recording
The Williamson County District Attorney’s office says it was notified of Ambler’s death in May 2020.
“With the Travis County District Attorney’s Office and the Austin Police Department Special Investigations Unit this week, we brought this information to a Williamson County grand jury,” Dick said this week. “As the investigation continued, the Williamson County grand jury heard from 19 different witnesses.”
Although the indictment does not specifically refer to “live PD”, it alleges that Chodi and Nassour acted to destroy or hide the record, document, or thing, namely, video recording and audio recording, along with evidence Intended to impair their availability; investigation.”
Crime is a third degree felony. If convicted, Chodi and Nasur could face up to 10 years in prison.
Dan Abrams, who previously hosted the show, told CNN in June that there was a policy for the show to destroy the footage after a certain period of time. He said the video was retained for three months as per Williamson County’s request while he investigated the incident.
Abrams said, “He then informed ‘Live PD’ that the investigation was over. It was a year ago. The video was heard by someone from ‘Live PD'”.
Bodycam footage led to arrest
The video showed the embrailer trying to handcuff him as he was on the ground outside his car, officials said, resting after a minor accident during a vehicle accident in the early morning hours of March 28, 2019. Came to do.
According to a Williamson County Sheriff Office report, Ambler ejected his vehicle from his hands, but resisted attempts to handcuff him and refused to obey orders. The report states that at least one deputy used a tusser on the assembler.
In a video recorded by an Austin police officer’s body camera, he appears to be in conflict with Ambler by the time the officer arrives.
Ambler says “I have heart failure,” as well as “I can’t breathe,” many times.
Within minutes, Ambler was handcuffed and officers realized he was unresponsive. The officers removed the handcuffs and attempted CPR, but shortly after Ambler was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
CNN’s Jason Hanna, Amir Vera and Ed Lavandera contributed to this report.