The bill was introduced by Democratic State Representative James Talarico and is called Javier Ambler’s Law. Mr. Ambler was a man of Austin died in police custody after an A & E’s Live PD film crew filmed his arrest.
The legislation has enjoyed bipartisan support in the House and Senate, passing with wide margins before the governor Greg Abbott signed it into law.
Mr Talarico – whose district includes the county where Mr Ambler died – said “police are not entertainment”.
“I am proud that Democrats and Republicans have come together to pass this bill to protect our citizens and help restore confidence in law enforcement,” he said.
Mr Abler died after being arrested by County MPs Williamson Sherrif for a traffic violation. MPs used tasers on him on several occasions, despite his claims that he could not breathe and that he suffered from congestive heart failure.
The A&E Show Camera Crew Live pd was following officers on the day of Mr. Ambler’s death, although it was not broadcasting live at the time.
The show has been accused of destroying unused footage of Mr Ambler’s death, while the production company that owns the show has filed a lawsuit against the sheriff’s office, claiming its deputies illegally seized their property. cameras and other equipment on the night of Mr. Ambler’s death.
The show was canceled last year after details of Mr Ambler’s death leaked to the press. George Floyd’s ongoing protests have added to the pressure for the show – whose main appeal was to capture real and tense situations between police and suspects – to end.
Likewise, the long-running police reality TV show Cops was also canceled in 2020.
Two of the MPs involved in Mr Ambler’s death were ultimately indicted, along with former Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody as well as the officer’s former general counsel. Jason Nassour, were charged with tampering with evidence.
While the new law prevents film crews from filming reality shows, it does not prevent documentaries or television news from filming police work.