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The Murder of Javier Ambler
(TX) After the killing of George Floyd, people have become much more aware of how often police kill Black people but Black people have been being killed by the police for a long time. In March of 2019, officers tried to initiate a traffic stop because a driver had failed to dim his lights. The driver, Javier Ambler, did not stop. Instead he led police on a 20 minute chase that ended in a minor crash. Police pulled Ambler out of his vehicle. Ambler kept telling the police that he had congestive heart failure and repeatedly told them he couldn’t breathe. The officers proceeded to tase Ambler four times while Ambler is struggling to breathe. One officer even casually comments “ah, I’m pretty sure I just broke his finger.”
Mr. Ambler died. According to the autopsy report, his death was attributed not only to the heart issues he had but included “in combination with forcible restraint.” The YouTube video below by the Austin-American Statesman goes on to say, “In a report to the Attorney General’s Office the manner of death was classified as a homicide.” Naturally, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office said the deputies did nothing wrong.
Deputies Rewarded for Excessive Force
USAToday.com just released a story about the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office rewarding deputies for excessive use of force. I’m not sure what brought it to their attention but the Texas Rangers were investigating Williamson County’s aggressive tactics. The video refers to something that happened in April. While interviewing Deputy Chris Pisa, Pisa said that officers were rewarded with gift cards to Logan’s Steakhouse for using force. The investigator continues to question Deputy Pisa, trying to get clarification. Deputy Pisa said the gift cards were given out by Commander (Steve) Deaton and that everyone knew about it. This was later corroborated by Sgt. Troy Brogden when he was interviewed. Per the article, “He would talk about it in groups, including supervisors meetings and classes,” Brogden said. “I was like, ‘What the hell?’”
Then Deputy Pisa went on to say, “They had the intention that we were all ‘WilCo badass’ and if you went out there and did your job, and you had to use force on somebody and he agreed with it, then you would get a gift card.” When asked to name some deputies that Deputy Pisa knew had received gift cards, Pisa named Deputy James Johnson and Deputy Zach Camden. Both Johnson and Camden were involved in the killing of Javier Ambler. Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody claims ignorance about any cards being given out as a reward for use of force, which we all know really means excessive use of force. If that’s the case, if he really doesn’t know, then he is as incompetent as our county sheriff.
One has to wonder if Johnson and Camden received their steakhouse gift cards for killing Javier Ambler.
There are two videos below. The first is the killing of Javier Ambler. The second video is the audio recording of Deputy Chris Pisa being interviewed by the Texas Ranger investigator.