‘Live PD’ canceled amid rising movement against police brutality

Cancellation comes after the deaths of George Floyd, Javier Ambler

After questions arose from a recent officer-involved shooting death involving a black man in Texas, which was filmed by ‘Live PD,’ the show has been canceled, A&E announced Wednesday.

The announcement came Wednesday evening, days after a report from the Austin American-Statesman renewed questions about the death of Javier Ambler, which happened in March 2019.

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“This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on Live PD,” A&E said in a statement to Deadline. “Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them. And with that, we will be meeting with community and civil rights leaders as well as police departments.”

The show’s host, Dan Abrams, tweeted about the decision.

In March 2019, Ambler was chased by Williamson County deputies for failing to dim his headlights.

Soon after deputies used a Taser on him and brought him into custody, Ambler gasped for air, told police he had congestive heart failure and begged, “Save me” before he was stunned a fourth time and lost consciousness, according to a report

Ambler’s death was being filmed by Live PD. Shortly after new questions resurfaced about Ambler’s death, Live PD announced that the footage was destroyed.

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About the Author:

Fares Sabawi has been a journalist in San Antonio for four years. He has covered several topics, but specializes in crime, courts, open records and data visualization.