A Texas man was detained longer and the situation of his “humiliating” arrest modified to accommodate a phase for the fact TV present “Live PD,” a lawsuit says.
Later, he suffered a damaged shoulder contained in the jail, in accordance to the lawsuit.
In January 2019, a Williamson County sheriff’s deputy pulled over Scott Lewis for a site visitors cease. But, as an alternative of detaining him on the scene, Lewis was taken to one other location for a “more suitable filming environment for the television show,” in accordance to the lawsuit filed Monday in a Texas federal court docket.
“Live PD,” a now-canceled A&E TV present hosted by ABC News authorized affairs correspondent Dan Abrams, marketed itself as a showcase of “policing of America, following police departments from across the country in real time as they patrol their communities.”
However, the lawsuit describes legislation enforcement altering the arrest to make sure the incident was broadcast.
“(Lewis) was detained for a prolonged period of time to ensure camera crews of the television show, ‘Live PD,’ could arrive on the scene to record and broadcast,” the lawsuit says.
While he was detained, the arresting deputy featured by the TV present “repeatedly” identified Lewis had urinated himself, the lawsuit says. Once on the jail, Lewis expertise a panic assault and jail officers “assaulted” and “physically restrained,” him, which resulted in a damaged shoulder, in accordance to the lawsuit.
A spokesperson for Williamson County declined to remark, citing the pending litigation.
In June, “Live PD” was canceled days after the Austin American-Statesman revealed the TV show filmed the dying of Javier Ambler, a 40-year-old Black man. Ambler led Williamson County deputies with a film crew on a 22-minute chase after trying to cease him for failing to dim his headlights earlier than utilizing a Taser on him, the newspaper reported.
The Williamson County district lawyer and Travis County district lawyer began an investigation after the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE reported on Ambler’s death and deleted footage by “Live PD.” Former Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody, who misplaced re-election in November, was charged with tampering with proof with intent to impair an investigation.
The lawsuit filed Monday accuses deputies and the movie crew of making an attempt to “escalate the matter or provoke him,” although none of these encounters aired on TV. According to the lawsuit, “Live PD” footage that may corroborate Lewis’ story was destroyed.
Lewis was charged with driving whereas intoxicated, a misdemeanor cost.
“Live PD capitalizes on commercializing serious criminal justice matters into television spectacle,” the lawsuit says. “Sheriff Chody created a culture around the show that rewarded the escalation of conflict and violence.”
Williamson County is north of Austin.