A Texas sheriff who appeared on the hit A&E present “Dwell PD” has been charged with destroying or concealing proof associated to the dying of 40-year-old Javier Ambler when he was within the custody of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Division final yr.
Local NBC affiliate KXAN reported that Sheriff Robert Chody was arrested Monday and indicted on one depend of felony tampering with proof. Chody’s indictment stems from footage shot by cameramen for the “Dwell PD” present, whose footage captured the 2019 dying of Ambler, who’s Black, following a chase by regulation enforcement.
His and the present’s involvement within the case led to “Dwell PD” being canceled by the network amid nationwide protests over the dying of George Floyd and the remedy of Black People by police; Chody is accused of ordering that “Dwell PD” destroy the footage exhibiting Ambler’s dying, which was by no means aired.
District Legal professional Margaret Moore accused the sheriff’s division of “stonewalling” the investigation earlier this yr in a tweet not accessible following the deletion of her Twitter account.
“For the final yr, [the sheriff’s office] has stonewalled our investigation,” Moore wrote, in accordance with KXAN. “What ought to have been a routine site visitors cease ended with Javier’s dying.”
The present’s former host and govt producer Dan Abrams responded to her declare in June, accusing Moore of sitting on the accessible physique digital camera footage of the incident till requires an investigation grew louder.
“.@statesman ought to actually concentrate on the dying of Javier Ambler and on the truth that DA @ElectMargaret (observe the twitter deal with) is instantly centered on this now despite the fact that she had the physique cam footage for over a yr? Their reporting on #LivePd has been a journalistic catastrophe,” he tweeted on the Austin Statesman following a report within the newspaper in regards to the deleted footage.
.@statesman ought to actually concentrate on the dying of Javier Ambler and on the truth that DA @ElectMargaret (observe the twitter deal with) is instantly centered on this now despite the fact that she had the physique cam footage for over a yr? Their reporting on #LivePd has been a journalistic catastrophe. https://t.co/qLcyeE8lnS
— Dan Abrams (@danabrams) June 10, 2020