The reality television show “Live PD” is stopping production as the nation roils from two weeks of protests against police brutality and two days after it was reported that a crew from the series was filming when Javier Ambler died in Texas while he was being arrested by Williamson County sheriff’s deputies, the Austin American-Statesman reports. “This is a critical time in our national history, and we have made the decision to cease production of Live PD,” A&E Networks said Wednesday night. “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.”
The announcement came a day after the Paramount Network announced the end of “Cops,” which aired for more than 30 seasons. Both reality shows featured police officers’ arrests and intervention as the cameras rolled. “Live PD,” aired by the A&E Networks, faced new scrutiny after the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV reported that the show’s camera crew was present when Williamson County deputies attempted to stop Ambler, a 40-year-old black man, for failing to dim his headlights. Ambler refused to stop and led deputies on a 22-minute chase that ended with a crash in North Austin. After the crash, deputies used Tasers on Ambler four times, even as he told them, “I have congestive heart failure” and “I can’t breathe.” Once in custody, Ambler was unresponsive and was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Since the incident, members of his family said they have received no any details from the department about what happened between officers and their son that resulted in his death.