Texas Family to Receive $5 Million Settlement After Black Motorist’s 2019 Death Involving Police Officers

A Texas county approved a $5 million wrongful death lawsuit settlement Tuesday with the family of a man who sheriff’s deputies shocked with stun guns after a 2019 chase that was filmed by the real-time police TV series “Live PD.” Commissioners in suburban Williamson County, just north of Austin, authorized the settlement with the family of Javier Ambler, a Black man whose car deputies chased  after trying to pull him over for allegedly failing to dim his headlights to oncoming traffic.

Ambler, a former postal worker, died after deputies repeatedly used stun guns on him, despite his pleas that he was sick and couldn’t breathe, according to police body camera video and a June 2020 report by the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV.

The two former deputies are awaiting trial on manslaughter charges and the county’s former sheriff, Robert Chody, was indicted on evidence tampering charges in the case. All have denied wrongdoing.

Body camera footage showed Ambler telling the deputies he was not resisting and that he could not breathe because of heart problems.

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: CBS News, The Associated Press