Texas County Williamson reached a settlement of $5 million with Javier Ambler’s loved ones. Javier Ambler, 40, was an African-American man who succumbed to injuries in a 2019 police arrest. filmed by the reality show “Live PD.”

Body camera video of the incident reportedly showed sheriff’s deputies zapping the father of two with a stun gun while he pleads with them to stop, saying he could not breathe.

“The County will pay approx. $1.6 million with the remainder paid by the County’s insurance,” a Williamson spokesperson wrote Tuesday on Twitter.

An attorney for the family said in a statement that the Amblers hope the hefty settlement will “send a powerful message to law enforcement that ignoring a person’s pleas that they cannot breathe will no longer be tolerated.”

Ambler’s alleged offense was not dimming his car headlights to oncoming traffic. The way now-former Williamson Sheriff Deputies J.J. Johnson and Zach Camden reacted raised questions about law enforcement’s response to minor crimes and whether reality television has any place in real-life police work.

The public didn’t notice the incident until The Austin American Statesman (KVUE-TV) investigated it and published their findings. disturbing findingsIn June 2020, Americans protested against the brutality of police officers.

Javier Ambler was returning home from a poker game after 1 a.m. on March 28, 2019, when Johnson noticed his brights on, according the Statesman and KVUE’s joint report. Johnson turned off his siren but Ambler didn’t stop. Johnson followed Ambler for 22 minutes through suburban Austin, until Ambler crashed into his Honda Pilot.

According to the Texas Public Information Act, Johnson pulled out his gun as Ambler was being ordered to lie down.

Ambler was then shocked when Camden pulled out the Taser. When Camden arrived on the scene — accompanied by the “Live PD” crew — he shocked Ambler a second time.

Although the A&E series was filming, “Live PD” told KVUE-TV the video was later destroyed.

As a result, the only footage of Ambler’s final moments came from an officer with a different agency, the Austin Police Department, who was wearing a body camera. This officer arrived at the scene of the incident.

According to the video from the body camera, Ambler tells officers that he suffers from congestive heart disease and struggles to obey their orders.

“I am not resisting,” Ambler tells the officers, adding, “Sir, I can’t breathe. … Please. Please.”

The report stated that officers had used the Taser against him four times.

“Live PD” was placed on hiatus amid the protests over the police killing of George Floyd, and A&E canceled the show in June 2020Follow the Statesman and KVUE TV reports. Texas governor Greg Abbott signed a bill on May 1, 2012. Greg Abbott (R), signed a bill prohibiting Texas policeFrom working with reality TV teams.

Some in Williamson County law enforcement have faced criminal charges since Ambler’s death.

Robert Chody (who was then the Williamson County Sheriff) was indicted in late 2020As Assistant County Attorney Jason Nassour, they were charged with tampering in evidence. They both deny all charges.

Johnson and Camden were both indicted on manslaughter chargesIn March 2021.

Source: HuffPost.com.

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