Families of Three Drowned Girls in Stolen Car, Question if Police Tried to Save Them (Watch)

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*Did those officers laugh? Wait! I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s begin again: The families of three teen African American girls who allegedly stole a car at 4 o’clock in the morning, and then tried to outrun police, before the car plunged into 15-feet of water, causing each of them to drown, is now asking those Pinellas County Florida Sheriff’s deputies: Did you really try to save our girls?

Dominique Battle, 16, Ashaunti Butler, 15, and Laniya Miller, 15 are said to have stolen a gold Honda Accord from a supermarket parking lot on March 30. According to a report by the Tampa Bay Times,

“Though the county sheriff’s rules forbid deputies from chasing stolen vehicles, some officers were trailing the car when the car plunged into a pond off a sharp turn in the road around 4 a.m. the next morning.”

In the video below, which is dense in quality due to the time of day and the location, we can clearly hear the officers, one in particular, describing what he is seeing.

The video begins from the viewpoint of a patrol car following the three girls. At first there are no tail lights from the Honda being driven by one of the girls, but due to the darkness of the hour perhaps, we eventually see the tail lights are on.

However, this action fatally proves too late, as the car plunges into a pond that is said to be 15-feet deep.

This writer had to rewind the dashcam footage several times just to make sure I didn’t hear what I believe I heard.


Around the 2:27 mark in the video below, after one deputy says, “It’s sinking still.”

Do you hear laughter from another?

I do.

Now you know how they say: “Consider the source.” The video (directly below) was posted on the site of an obvious hater, (sounds like a white supremist to me, but…) who on his site refers to “Black Victimization” as a “Hoax.” So when I reference the laughter I believe I heard on the video, which, by the way, can’t be heard on the other edited video(s)…the second one (you can tell its been edited — this laughter may very well have come from another source (on “the haters” end). I don’t really see how this could happen, but hey, my tech skills are limited.

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Honda once pulled from pond.

Colin Flaherty posted video #1, and from the onset you can see who, and what, you are dealing with. But I use the video because it shows more than a one-minute clip and there is more indepth news coverage.

Now here is the other (edited) video. From what I can see, and this is neither here nor there, I’m just telling what I see, the police doing all of the “describing” in this 2nd video, below, don’t appear to have EVER gotten into the water. Nor do they appear to have witnessed a tragedy.

Cool as cucumbers they are. Business as usual.

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