Robert Chody is a Williamson County sheriff who is indicted by a grand jury on felony evidence tampering charge in the case of Javier Ambler, a Black man who died in 2019 after being stunned with a Taser several times by deputies during filming for A&E Network’s real-time police show “Live PD”.
Chody is accused of destroying or concealing video and audio recordings “with the intent to impair their ability as evidence in the investigation,” according to the indictment.
Jason Nassour, a county attorney, was also indicted on the same charge.
Robert Chody charge in Javier Ambler case
In June, Williamson County prosecutors announced an investigation “involving possible tampering with evidence” following the death last year of Javier Ambler. The 40-year-old Black man died after Williamson County sheriff’s deputies repeatedly used stun guns on him, despite his pleas that he was sick and couldn’t breathe.
Williamson County deputies attempted to pull Ambler over on March 28, 2019, near downtown Austin because he failed to dim his headlights to oncoming traffic, according to a report first published by the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV. The deputies were being filmed for A&E Network’s real-time police show “Live PD”.
Police body camera video of Ambler’s death shows the gasping 400-pound man telling the deputies that he wants to comply with their demands but that he can’t because he has congestive heart failure.
“I am not resisting,” Ambler cries. “Sir, I can’t breathe. … Please. … Please”.
NEW: Chody says this isn’t his first run-in with Shawn Dick and that campaign volunteer placed sign in wrong home. He says DA planned to handle complaint by giving to Rangers. He says DA is being vindictive. https://t.co/MvPQxirHLw
— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) September 28, 2020
The family attorney of Ambler said Chody “was more interested in being part of a reality television program and providing entertaining video content than protecting” Black lives in Austin.
His attorneys told KVUE-TV video shows his deputies “did nothing wrong” after he was indicted.
Chody said he didn’t tamper with evidence at a press conference Monday afternoon.
Sheriff Chody is facing the third-degree felony charge that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
He was booked into jail Monday on a $10,000 bond.