Things didn’t exactly go according to plan for a few young brats who decided to steal a car. They died while running from police officers, but their families have come forward with quite the ridiculous response. Unfortunately for them, the officers weren’t about to take things lying down – and their reaction is priceless.
It all started when Laniya Miller, 15, Ashaunti Butler, 15, and Dominique Battle, 16, asked a 36-year-old man for a ride. Although he obliged, he stopped at a local Walmart in St. Petersburg, Florida to pick up a few things before dropping the girls off where they wanted to go.
Unfortunately for him, he left the car running, which would eventually result in the girls taking the gray Honda Accord for a little joyride. Soon enough, the car was reported stolen, and police officers from the Pinellas Sheriff’s Office spotted the group of girls driving it down the road shortly thereafter.
Officers would eventually locate the car, but they were not allowed to pursue, more than likely so that they don’t create a hectic and potentially violent situation. Police cruisers continued to follow the car from a safe distance, but things would quickly dissolve into chaos.
According to reports, the girls drove down a dead-end road with a sharp bend at the end. Rather than slow down to make the turn, the car continued forward and drove into a pond before submerging 15 feet underwater.
Police on the scene contemplated a rescue attempt, but because of the muddy conditions, they decided against putting additional people at risk. As a result, the three girls inside the car died, and now their families are crying foul.
According to the outraged relatives, police are responsible for the girls’ deaths as they didn’t do enough to save them after crashing the stolen vehicle. In fact, they’ve also pointed out a portion of the dash cam that has since been released, hoping to demonstrate what they perceive as neglect by the officers.
According to Tampa Bay Times, as police officers contemplated putting their lives in danger, they could be heard on video saying:
“It’s going all the way down. It’s almost fully submerged,” one deputy says. “I hear them yelling, I think!”
“They’re done. They’re done. They are sig 7, dude.”
(“Sig 7” refers to signal 7, a radio code for “dead person.”)
“Did you hear yelling? I thought I heard yelling as it was going down,” a deputy said.
Unfortunately for the entitled families that think officers were required to save their criminal children, the Sheriff’s Office doesn’t exactly feel the same. It wasn’t long before Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri would post to Facebook with quite the priceless response.
Along with posting a video showing officers who had not only taken off portions of their uniform, but attempted to go in the water as well, the sheriff also said:
“It’s a bunch of junk,” the sheriff said Friday of the allegations. “Those deputies went in that water and tried to save those girls at their own peril.”
The Sheriff’s investigative reports indicate that deputies tried to reach the car. Deputy Jeff Clement wrote in his report: “Myself and other deputies began to enter the swampy water… the fact that the vehicle was still moving, along with the unstable ground and excessive water vegetation, made a rescue too risky for those involved.”
The fact of the matter here is that the families of these criminals expected officers to save these thugs who wouldn’t have needed saving in the first place if they didn’t steal a car. Maybe if they were taught right and wrong at home, or at least that stealing is bad, they wouldn’t have even been in this situation at all. Thug life comes with a price.