Three teenage girls died in the middle of committing a crime. Their deaths were a result of their own reckless behavior… but now the family wants to blame the police for their deaths.
Laniya Miller, 15, Ashaunti Butler, 15, and Dominique Battle, 16, reportedly asked a 36-year-old man for a ride, but when he stopped at a local Walmart before dropping the girls off at their destination, the young female thugs decided to take the man’s car.
Not long after the car owner reported the vehicle stolen, police officers from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office saw the group of girls driving it down the road, and police officers began following them.
The young criminals failed to slow down going around a sharp curve, causing the car to leave the road and submerge 15 feet underwater, the Times reported.
Police officers on the scene evaluated the situation and determined that the conditions were too dangerous to put more people at risk when the chances of saving the girls at that point were slim.
Now, relatives of the deceased criminals have reportedly been outraged at the police and have even blamed the officers for the girls’ deaths because they didn’t do enough to save them.
The relatives have pointed to a dash cam video from the fatal incident that they claim shows “neglect” on the part of the officers.
On the video, according to the Times, one officer could be heard saying, “It’s going all the way down. It’s almost fully submerged. I hear them yelling, I think!”
“They’re done. They’re done. They are sig 7, dude,” another officer replied.
In response to the entitled families that have been blaming the officers, Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri posted a response on Facebook that completely obliterated any argument these relatives were making.
Gualtieri posted a dash cam video that showed the officers had taken off pieces of their uniform and were attempting to go into the water after the girls.
“It’s a bunch of junk,” the sheriff said. “Those deputies went in that water and tried to save those girls at their own peril.”
In fact, the deputies did try to rescue the girls, according to an investigative report, but when they got in the water, they realized the conditions made the rescue “too risky for those involved.”
Watch the video of the rescue attempt here:
These deputies are, in no way, responsible for these girls’ deaths. Maybe if their parents had taught them better at home, they wouldn’t have been stealing cars for fun and would still be alive today.
Unfortunately, the notion that people aren’t responsible for their own actions is only growing. That, coupled with the anti-police sentiment that has taken the country by storm, has only led to more entitled criminals and parents who probably can’t even tell you what “responsibility” means.
Article Sources: The Conservative Tribune
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