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Javier Ambler case reaches $5 million settlement in wrongful death suit

Ambler was killed in March 2019 after telling officers he had heart health issues. (Ambler family)

Officials with Williamson County have reached a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit of Javier Ambler, who died in police custody while officers were filming his arrest for the TV show “Live PD.”

A Tuesday morning meeting at the county commissioners court yielded a settlement of $5 million on behalf of his family and estate. The two former deputies with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, J.J. Johnson and Zach Camden, were indicted for manslaughter in March 2021.

The former officers will appear in court today.

The deputies and their lawyers will appear in court on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the footage and what it means for the former officers.

Ambler died in March 2019 after the WilCo deputies attempted to pull him over to dim his headlights. The pair pursued Ambler for 22 minutes, watching him hit some stationary objects along the way until he passed into Travis County and his car would not move further.

During the arrest, bodycam footage picked up on Ambler telling the officers he had congestive heart failure and could not breathe while they restrained and tasered him. Ambler was transported to a local hospital when he became unresponsive and later passed away.

Cameras for the since-canceled A&E TV show “Live PD” were filming the entire scene. A few days after the incident, the network confirmed that it had deleted the footage, which prompted WilCo District Attorney Shawn Dick to open an evidence-tampering investigation.

Former WilCo Sheriff Robert Chody and General Counsel Jason Nassour were indicted for tampering with evidence and conspiracy in relation to the missing footage in September 2020.

Since, “The Javier Ambler Law” was signed by Governor Greg Abbott earlier this year, banning law enforcement from working with reality TV shows.

A statement by Ambler’s family on Tuesday said they “hope that this settlement and the changes that have occurred at Williamson County as a result of the case send a powerful statement that ignoring a person’s pleas that they cannot breathe will no longer be tolerated.”


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway