June 10, 2020/Media

RELEASE: Texas Democrats Call on Williamson County Sheriff Chody to Resign Over the Killing of Javier Ambler

Austin, TX — On March 28, 2019, Javier Ambler was killed by a police officer. In a recently-released video, Ambler is shown to have told officers, “I have congenital heart failure” and “I can’t breathe.”

“I can’t breathe.” Those words we’ve heard too many times before.

Despite his pleas, officers used Tasers on him four times, and Ambler died on a street in North Austin.

Ambler was killed while being filmed by a camera crew from the A&E reality TV show “Live PD”.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement:

“My heart breaks for Javier Ambler, his family, his friends, and for our community.

“Another unarmed black man was killed by police. The fact that Javier was killed while a reality show camera crew filmed the interaction sickens me.

“The fact that Sheriff Chody allowed this to happen and then fought for 15 months to cover it up is inexcusable. Black Lives Matter, and Sheriff Chody must face the consequences.

“Sheriff Chody must step down immediately. Texas’ Republican leadership — Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov Patrick, and Sens. Cornyn and Cruz — must join Texas Democrats in calling for his prompt resignation and full accountability.”