Family of Black man killed in Texas police chase sues with help of lawyer in George Floyd case

Family of Black man killed in Texas police chase sues with help of lawyer in George Floyd case

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The family of Javier Ambler II, a Black man who died last year in the custody of Williamson County sheriffs deputies, filed a federal lawsuit against the county Sundayas nationally known civil rights attorney Ben Crump joined the case. The 28-page suit included many findings revealed in an ongoing investigation by the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV, whichreported in Junethat Ambler died after deputies chased him in March 28, 2019, after he failed to dim his headlights. The officers used Tasers on Ambler four times, the suit says, and crews from thesince-canceled reality show Live PDdestroyed video of the encounter. The suit also makes several new claims, including that the department relied upon training techniques in which deputies were taught that they could keep using force on detainees who said, I cant breathe just as Ambler did because they were still able to speak. I cant breathe: Texas police chase ends in death as Live PD cameras roll. The lawsuit said the department and Sheriff Robert Chody,who was indicted in September on an evidence tampering charge related to the video destruction, promoted a culture of violence often for the sake of television. Seeking unspecified damages for Amblers parents and two young sons, the suit also said two deputies used excessive force on Ambler and violated his rights as a person with a disability. Ambler was obese and told deputies multiple times that he had congestive heart failure. Investigation: When Live PD cameras rolled, Williamson County deputies used more forceSheriff Chody and his deputies made it a greater priority to create reality television than to defend and protect the citizens of Williamson County, Crump said in a statement. Crump also represents the family of George Floyd, whose death while in Minneapolis police custody in May touched off national protests. Like Ambler, Floyd told police that he could not breathe in what became a rallying

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