The grunt has been scrutinized for destroying footage of Javier Ambler, who reportedly told police that he couldn’t breathe diverse times as he became held down and tased.
Stay PD is coming below scrutiny for its handling of video proof from a case in Texas the put a unlit man died in police custody.
The A&E actuality hit — which is for the time being on hiatus within the wake of protests in opposition to police brutality and racism — destroyed footage exhibiting the loss of life of 40-one year-favorite Javier Ambler, who perished on a North Austin avenue 15 months ago.
As reported by the Austin American-Statesman, Ambler became riding home from a poker game on March 28, 2019, when a Williamson County sheriff’s deputy tried to pull him over for failing to unlit his SUV’s headlights to oncoming web site visitors. A 20-minute pursuit followed that crossed over into Austin and Ambler crashed his automobile. The deputies held Ambler down and vulnerable Tasers on him four times whereas trying to construct up him in handcuffs as Stay PD filmed. Ambler told deputies he had congestive coronary heart failure and acknowledged he couldn’t breathe diverse times (“I will be capable of’t breathe … assign me…”). An autopsy reportedly optimistic Ambler’s loss of life became because of the congestive coronary heart failure and hypertensive cardiovascular illness “along with forceable restraint.”
The case became within the originate disregarded by Williamson County and the deputies were cleared by an inner affairs investigation. But newly released footage (above) within the wake of George Floyd’s loss of life is causing the case to design below scrutiny. The incident became captured on the physique cam footage of an Austin police officer who arrived on the scene halfway thru the incident.
“Video of the tragic loss of life of Javier Ambler became captured by physique cams feeble on the officers fervent as successfully by the producers of Stay PD who were utilizing with determined officers fervent,” A&E acknowledged in a commentary to EW. “The incident did not happen whereas Stay PD became on the air nonetheless reasonably throughout the grunt’s hiatus, when producers are on a ordinary foundation out within the discipline gathering footage. The footage by no capacity aired on Stay PD per A&E’s standards and practices on memoir of it fervent a fatality.”
A&E goes on to characterize why the grunt destroyed the video of Ambler’s loss of life in police custody.
“At once after the incident, the Austin Police Department conducted an investigation the utilization of the physique cam footage they had from the officers,” A&E’s commentary endured. “Contrary to many mistaken reports, neither A&E nor the producers of Stay PD were asked for the footage or an interview by investigators from legislation enforcement or the District Criminal legit’s space of enterprise. As is the case with all footage taken by Stay PD producers, we not retained the unaired footage after studying that the investigation had concluded. As with every calls we be conscious, we need to not there to be an arm of the police or legislation enforcement nonetheless reasonably to fable what they enact and air just a few of that footage and our policies were in space to defend away from having footage vulnerable by legislation enforcement in opposition to non-public voters.”
Williamson County choices a suburban web site north of Austin. The county’s Sheriff, Robert Chody, became elected after winning $85 million within the Texas lottery and had beforehand been continuously criticized for his relationship with the reality TV grunt. Given Ambler’s within the originate minor light-dimming offense, the department has been accused of embarking on a dramatic scurry for TV over safe policing and Chody is going thru calls to resign.
In step with the Statesman, Travis County District Criminal legit Margaret Moore plans to take the Ambler case to a gigantic jury. She additionally gave this commentary to the paper: “It is a ways of very necessary verbalize to any of us who are in legislation enforcement that the decision to safe in that scurry became driven by extra of a want to give leisure than to defend Williamson County voters safe.”
The guidelines comes on the heels of Paramount Network canceling the reality crime series Police officers after 31 years. Activists devour called on A&E to likewise cancel Stay PD, which customarily ranks as primarily the most new cable series on Friday and Saturday nights. A&E is weighing its alternatives with Stay PD, and has paused the grunt from airing.