October 22, 2021

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Javier Ambler’s lethal arrest coverage wins Texas top journalism awards

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A months-extended American-Statesman investigation into the demise of Javier Ambler II and policing techniques by the Williamson County sheriff’s business that spurred accountability and a new law has gained some of the state’s best journalism honors.

The awards are among nearly two dozen accolades the newspaper acquired from the Texas Linked Press Taking care of Editors, it was declared Tuesday.

Tony Plohetski was named Texas Star Reporter of the 12 months. In their feedback, judges observed how he fought for months to uncover that Ambler died after deputies chased the 40-year-outdated Black father in a pursuit that started off for the reason that he unsuccessful to dim his headlights and then employed Tasers on him various situations whilst the actuality Tv exhibit “Live PD” filmed.

Tony Plohetski

That reporting, which bundled contributions from Statesman employees writers Claire Osborn and Julie Chang and photojournalist Bronte Wittpenn, also was honored as the Texas APME Star Investigative Report of the Yr.

“Between quite a few solid investigative series by Texas newspapers in 2020, this was the obvious standout,” judges wrote. “The more the reporter dug, the additional outrageous tactics he uncovered. Some were practically unbelievable.”

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