Javier Ambler’s Law awaits Texas Senate approval

The Pushing for Justice Caravan for Javier Ambler was held in San Gabriel Park on Aug. 15. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Pushing for Justice Caravan for Javier Ambler was held in San Gabriel Park on Aug. 15. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Pushing for Justice Caravan for Javier Ambler was held in San Gabriel Park on Aug. 15. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Javier Ambler’s Law, a bill which bans state and local law enforcement from contracting with reality television shows, passed in the Texas House on April 15 and now awaits Senate approval before moving forward to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

Crafted by Rep. James Talarico, D-Round Rock, the bill is in response to the Williamson County Sheriff's Office death-in-custody case of Ambler, a black man who died in 2019 after he was tased four times by deputies.


On the night of his death, the documentary series “Live PD” was present and recorded but did not air the event. That video has since been deleted due to a contractual clause that states unused footage is to be deleted after 30 days. The show, which has since been canceled, followed law enforcement officers live in the course of their nighttime patrols.

The bill passed 110-34.

“Policing is not entertainment,” Talarico said in the release. “I’m proud that Democrats and Republicans came together to pass this bill to protect our citizens and restore integrity in law enforcement.”