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Williamson County Sheriff responds to Live PD controversy

Williamson County Sheriff's Office
Posted at 8:00 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 21:00:06-04

In a statement posted on Facebook Wednesday, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody demanded that the Texas Democrats "war on police" stop. The statement comes after the county sheriff's office came under fire for lack of cooperation in the investigation of Javier Ambler's death in March of 2019.

Ambler led police and Live PD cameras on a 22-minute chase after he allegedly failed to dim his headlights to oncoming traffic. Body cam footage shows that police used stun guns on Ambler three times while attempting to arrest him, even though he told police he was experiencing congestive heart failure.

In his response to public outcry, Chody says that if the Texas Democrats believe there has been a coverup by the sheriff's office in relation Ambler's death, they should provide evidence to the Travis County District Attorney, who has been in charge of the Ambler case for about a year and a half.

In addition to a lack of cooperation from the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, investigators also say that Live PD failed to share their footage from the arrest with them. That information has caused some to call for Live PD's cancellation, though at this time host Dan Abrams says that series is set to return.