A black man stopped by Texas cops being filmed by a reality TV show lost life after being repeatedly tased as he begged, “I can’t breathe” — with the final bolt coming after he cried, “Save me,” Officer footage shows.
“I have congested heart failure!” Javier Ambler, 40, repeatedly sobbed as officers ordered him to turn face down on the ground after he was chased for refusing to dim his headlights, the newly released footage shows.
Gasping, the former postal worker then begged several times, “I can’t breathe!,” according to the footage of the custody in Austin in March 2019 that only emerged this week.
Nypost reports on 9th June 2020, “I’m not resisting … Sir, I can’t breathe! Please. Please!” he sobbed, as the custody was filmed by a crew from A&E’s “Live PD,” which is being misused of refusing to release the footage to investigators. “Save me,” Ambler begged, just before a Taser was deployed for the final time.
The end of life has been ruled a homicide — but no disciplinary action or charges have been filed, according to the Austin American-Statesman. One of the officers was heard admitting he was “pretty sure I just broke his finger” as they cuffed him — with footage showing officers trying to administer CPR as they failed to find a pulse. Deputies performed CPR for four minutes, and medics worked another 50 minutes before Ambler was declared at lifeless an Austin hospital, the paper says.
A report said he had never tried it. Ambler’s parents — a retired Army veteran and a hospital clerk — said that until last week, they had only been told their son lost life in custody. Nbcnews told on 10th June 2020, “Live PD” never aired the footage. The footage and documents only emerged after media pressure from both the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV, they say.
Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore told both media outlets that she plans to present the case to a grand jury. She charged both Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody and “Live PD” producers of repeatedly stonewalling efforts to obtain evidence or interviews, the reports said. The DA was also concerned that the TV crew may have influenced the officers’ tactics.
The officer who chased Ambler, Deputy J.J. Johnson — who is black — had a “Live PD” crew with him, as did his first-responding backup, Deputy Zachary Camden, who is white.
“It is of very serious concern to any of us who are in law enforcement that the decision to engage in that chase was driven by more of a need to provide entertainment than to keep Williamson County citizens safe,” Moore told the outlets.
Ambler’s end of life was ruled a homicide, but there is no indication that the deputies faced any action or were forced to take time off, the reports said.
An autopsy showed he lost life of congestive heart failure and hypertensive cardiovascular disease associated with morbid obesity “in combination with forcible restraint,” the two outlets said. Ambler’s mother, Maritza Ambler, told KVUE-TV that she warned him to be wary when dealing with law enforcement. “I would mention it to him, just to remind him, he is a minority,” she said.
“You have that against you, your color.” His father, Javier Ambler Sr., told the station he has needed help.