Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore said the Williamson County Sheriff's Office has "stonewalled" investigations of the death of Javier Ambler, though the county has refuted the accusations.
Ambler was driving home on March 28, 2019 when he allegedly failed to dim his headlights for oncoming traffic, according to an investigation by the Austin American Statesman and KVUE. A Williamson County deputy initiated a stop that led to a 22-minute chase which ended when Ambler's vehicle crashed. As officers restrained Ambler, they reportedly tased him at least three times, even as Ambler said, "I have congestive heart failure," and, "I can't breathe."
Over the last year, the District Attorney’s Office has been fighting with Williamson County Sheriff’s Office to hav… https://t.co/SUro4PB2Rh— Margaret Moore (@Margaret Moore) 1591651855.0
Moore said the Williamson County Sheriff's Office impeded the investigation by not allowing footage to be released from the reality television show "Live PD," who was on the scene at the time of Ambler's death. Two Williamson County commissioners have since called for the resignation of Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody, who has previously faced criticism for contracting with Live PD.
On May 18, the Texas Attorney General ruled that at least some materials from the Williamson County Sheriff's Office's internal affairs documents had to be released. The report released 10 days later found no wrongdoing by deputies.
The Williamson County Sheriff's Office released a statement from Sheriff Chody refuting Moore's claims of impeding the investigation, stating Moore's office had not contacted the sheriff's office about the investigation.
"Any attempt to say we have slowed or otherwise impeded the investigation is absolutely false," the statement read. "We participated fully in the investigation launched by the Austin Police Department, the results of which have been forwarded to the Travis County D.A."
Sheriff Chody said that while the department does not control Live PD footage, he joins Moore in requesting the footage be released to Travis County prosecutors.
While we cannot comment on the Ambler incident due to the ongoing investigation by the Travis County D.A., we can c… https://t.co/s0jq3mBAKS— Williamson County Sheriff's Office (@Williamson County Sheriff's Office) 1591716200.0
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Despite a 2-0 deficit, there was a pot of gold for Austin FC after all as it celebrated its annual Pride Night with rainbows and a 2-2 comeback draw to FC Dallas Saturday night.
After three FC Dallas losses last season, the Dallas derby draw marks the first time Austin FC has tied against its Copa Texas rival. Austin continues to edge over FC Dallas as it sits at 3rd in the MLS West.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the match:
A somber start
Decked out in colorful hues for LBGTQ+ Pride, Verde fans started the match on a somber note as they held up banners to take a stand against gun violence before the match.
As the national anthem began, fans held up banners with the names of each child that was killed in the Uvalde school shooting and a plea to "end gun violence."
The supporters' section was also dotted with Pride flags and a "Bans off Our Bodies" banner in protest of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
FC Dallas earns a 2-0 lead
That sober tone continued onto the pitch. With midfielder Daniel Pereira's absence due to a red card, the Verde and Black lost two goals to FC Dallas by the 70th minute of play.
FC Dallas played it sneaky for the first half of the match, giving Austin FC plenty of room to hold possession as it waited to strike on a Verde error. That mentality proved dangerous for Austin as Dallas' Paul Arriola took advantage of Brad Stuver's deflection to score the first goal of the night in the 57th minute of play.
Dallas struck once more as Brandon Servant pushed past the Verde line to score the second goal of the match.
Austin FC strikes back
But energy quickly returned to Austin's favor thanks to Designated Player Sebastian Driussi, who scooted past several FC Dallas defenders alongside Moussa Djitte to snag an unlikely first goal for Austin.
A full Verde comeback
Austin's subs proved deadly as momentum returned to the home team toward the end of the match. A well-placed cross from Nick Lima—and a diving header from a fresh-legged Danny Hoesen—helped the team secure the draw with a second Verde goal in the 84th minute of play.
Hoesen, who was Austin's first starting striker last season, has now scored two goals with the team after a yearlong injury stuck him on the bench.
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Hours following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that guaranteed a constitutional right to an abortion, on Friday, about 1,000 people gathered in Republic Square with signs calling for change.
The rally, organized by the group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights Texas, started at the federal courthouse on Republic Square on Friday at 5 p.m. before the crowd marched to the Texas Capitol. More protests are expected to ensue over the weekend.
People showed up with all types of signs like Mindy Moffa holding up, "Keep your filthy laws off my silky drawers."
Austin joined cities across the country that saw protests for a women's right to an abortion after the ruling.
According to a recent UT poll, 78% of Texas voters support abortion access in most cases.
Sabrina Talghade and Sofia Pellegrini held up signs directed at Texas laws. A Texas trigger law will ban all abortions from the moment of fertilization, starting 30 days after the ruling. When state legislators passed the trigger law last summer, it also passed laws for more protection of firearms, including the right to open carry without a permit.
Lili Enthal of Austin yells as around 1,000 Texans marched to the Texas Capitol.
From the Texas Capitol, Zoe Webb lets her voice be heard against the Supreme Court ruling.
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