Sheriff Claimed Cops Were Heroes For Trying To Save 3 Black Girls From Drowning But Dashcam Show They Watched Them Scream As They Drowned

Sheriff Hailed Cops As Heroes For Trying To help 3 Black Girls From Drowning But Dashcam Show They Watched Them Scream As They Drowned

St. Petersburg, FL – Newly released dash cam footage reveals a Florida sheriff lied last month when he falsely claimed that his deputies took off their gun belts and attempted to save three drowning teenage girls. Instead of attempting to rescue the dying teens, the deputies can be seen on video standing beside the pond while listening to the girls’ final screams.

According to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, a friend asked 35-year-old Damien Marriott to drive the three teenage girls to Child’s Park on Wednesday, March 30. For some reason, Marriott reportedly stopped at a Walmart to buy a TV when he left his keys in the ignition with the engine running along with three girls that he did not know sitting in his 1990 Honda Accord. Although Child’s Park closes at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Marriott did not return to his vehicle or report his car stolen until 8:30 p.m. that night.

Several hours later, deputies reported seeing the Honda run a red light without its headlights on during a pursuit. Entering the back of a cemetery, the girls accidentally drove the Honda into a pond as deputies exited their vehicles and remained standing on shore.

While the Honda submerged into the swamp, a recently released police dash cam video recorded a deputy exclaiming, “I hear them yelling, I think!”

As the video moves forward another deputy can be heard saying, “They’re done. They are 6-7, dude.”

“They were yelling,” a deputy responds. “I thought I heard yelling.”

“As it was going down,” the other deputy interjects. “But now, they’re done. They’re done.”

Although Sheriff Gualtieri announced at a press conference that his deputies flung off their gun belts and dove into the swamp in a failed attempt to save the teenage girls, police dash cam video actually shows the deputies standing near the shore listening to the girls scream to death.

Two hours later, a tow truck pulled out a vehicle containing the deceased bodies of 16-year-old Dominique Battle from St. Petersburg High School, 15-year-old Ashaunti Butler from Dixie Hollins High, and 15-year-old Laniya Miller from Gibbs High.

“My daughter was not perfect,” Miller’s mother, Natasha Winkler, recently told ABC Action News through tears. “What 15-year-old is?”

Despite the fact that the sheriff initially released false information and his deputies likely provided false reports claiming they tore off their gun belts and dove into the murky water to save the dying teen girls, no criminal charges have been filed against any of the deceitful deputies. Caught on police dash cam video, the deputies clearly falsified their reports after standing around while callously listening to the drowning girls die.


Source:  TheFreethoughtproject



  1. Anonymous

    April 21, 2016 at 6:31 AM

    America is a hateful place.

    • Victoria G. Young

      April 21, 2016 at 8:16 AM

      Yes it is

    • jean

      April 21, 2016 at 7:41 PM

      you haven’t seen nothing if that racist butt mouth trump get in office these white racist ass cops will be killing people just because;i just saw a post where a paramedic was boasting about 4 blacks in car accident and he did not stop to help them instead he went on to work and did not bother to call it in; in Montgomery Alabama this white guy walks up to this black woman at the ATM a started screaming insults and racial slurs at her for no apparent reason; in Chicago a white guy gets on the train using racial slurs and the N-word towards a black man, but in this case the tables were turned the black guy beat his ass so bad he pissed his pants.last night on I-57 a white man shot and killed a blackman.

      • Anonymous

        April 22, 2016 at 6:34 AM

        trump hasn’t said anything about blacks so how is he racist ? and as far as the ( racist ) white cops most of the time the black thugs aren’t so innocent and what about the black thugs who kill white cops are they racist ?

        • Anonymous

          June 1, 2016 at 4:59 PM

          More white people kill Police then black do

          • Jesse Fisher

            June 1, 2016 at 9:20 PM

            you are right about, for sure shitt Boy if a Black kill A police, man it’s going to be HELL in the hood until those fuc*ers are tried!!!

      • Tom King

        April 22, 2016 at 7:11 AM

        Why after they had been arrested 7 times in the past year were they still on the street to continue their crime spree? Some bleeding heart liberal judge let them out and this is the result. Jail is a time out for people who get on the wrong track and saves lives by getting offenders out of the circle of crime they are involved in. Being to soft cost these 3 their lives.

        • David Mitchell

          April 22, 2016 at 3:53 PM

          No, lying cops cost them their lives.

          • Shelly

            April 22, 2016 at 7:35 PM

            How? Explain yourself! I’m sorry their dead! But do NOT try to blame anyone but them! Those girls were criminals already and all 3 had arrest records to prove it.
            Perhaps they’d still be alive if they had been raised to be respectful citizens

          • Anonymous

            April 22, 2016 at 10:19 PM

            so because they’ve been arrested before that means that they should die?!

          • anonymous

            April 23, 2016 at 8:49 AM

            Please… its called being accountable for their actions. They were in the wrong and as sad as it is that they died, why should the police put their life in danger. They should not have been riding around with their lights out in a stolen car. For God sakes.. someone please start taking responsibility!! This world has turned into a world of “not my fault” Pathetic!!

          • Kqren

            April 26, 2016 at 11:49 PM

            Normally, I’m all about black lives matter, but why should the officers risk their lives when they were trying to get them to stop b4 the girls went in? This is a case of God saying enough was enough…I’m sure that if they’d been rescued, it would have been yet another moment where they were being disrespectful or harming somebody else…the officers shouldn’t have lied but I DON’T blame them for not trying to save them @ that point…they werent equipped w/ anything for that & even trying to shoot the windows out under water where you can’t see would have been dangerous… Sad sad situation the these girls got THEMSELVES in!!!

        • Adella Toulon-Foerster

          April 27, 2016 at 10:30 AM

          So… the deserved to like, die?

      • Choo Choo

        May 7, 2016 at 12:29 PM

        Yes i am afraid as a black female, I encounter hostile white males all the time- but only when I am by myself, ole cowards. The road rage is ridiculous and you don’t have to start anything or even respond. They tailgate me , try to push me off the road, curse at me, a couple have gotten out of their cars and approached me like they wanted to attack me. I have maced one and broke the arm of another because he approached my car, trying to open my door and I sped off so fast my car started smoking..crazy shit I know.. I was carried off in an ambulance following an accident. I was in excruciating pain, broken ribs, I’m crying..and this crazy white woman paramedic bends down and says “chill the fuck out” I wanted to spit in her face….I will never forget the sister that got stomped out in a restaurant because she said something to a white male who slammed a door in her child’s face, all while she was being stomped she called out ” I am a veteran sir, I fought for this country “. And do you think anyone came to her rescue. No one has any vested interest, including our black men, in protecting black women. That is why I STAY ON GUARD. I find myself hating white people more and more these days.. I have never liked them, or cared, but now it has turned into outright hate. I feel like they are monsters, and I despise any black person, male or female who engages in intimate relationships with these creatures. They are like trained killer zombie soldiers.. very dangerous, scary animals. Even the children. Even the old people. They are not natural or normal and not to be dealt with. Their skin is not natural, eyes are crazy- some having no pupils. Be careful with them..even the nice, so called “black friendly” ones will turn on you like a pit bull. You have been warned.

        • Anonymous

          May 11, 2016 at 12:02 PM

          I am so sorry you feel that way about every white person, I am a white female I am not racist and never have been. there are good and bad people period, color has nothing at all to do with it. I am sorry that you have been treated so bad that you feel the way you do, maybe if I had been through what you have I would feel the same way, I don’t know but there are good people in this world they are few anymore but there are still some in all colors

        • Samantha

          September 2, 2016 at 7:45 PM

          You don’t see that YOUR mindset is EXACTLY why there is racism? I know PLENTY of white people who have dealt with many of those situations… who’s to say the driving issue isn’t more of HOW TERRIBLE of a driver do you have to be to make SO MANY people SO angry at you?

          Black people HATE white people way more than white people hate black people… it’s unreal. Blacks kill more of THEMSELVES than cops ever could… or white people for that matter. Look up the statistics…

          You call whites “very dangerous” and “scary animals” but… I bet if you were to walk down a street of a COMPLETELY white neighborhood you would receive no hate… no provocative and disgusting cat calling from the men, noone would try to fight you let alone hurt you. Now hear me out.. If I, a white female, were to walk down a street of an entirely black neighborhood.. I would probably get robbed, raped, and possible murdered. And these things sound OUTRAGEOUS but I’ve been just DRIVING down one of these streets I am talking about… and I was sexually assaulted (groped) and then chased with a knife, and had my life threatened, all within about 8 minutes of driving down the wrong street too long… I feel like this simple comparison says a lot..

          Despite all I’ve said, I don’t even hate black people… I also know it’s UNFAIR and IGNORANT to think EVERY person with dark skin fits the description I’ve depicted above. I have had several black friends and have some black family members who I ADORE… they can be JUST as successful and kind as they choose to be. JUST LIKE WHITE PEOPLE…

          The point is, ALL races have their bad, douche bags, their absolute nightmares, and their normal, brilliant, or just plain good people.. Why can’t we all just stop the constant animosity and drama? It only gives the news more ratings… while simultaneously tearing our MELTING POT of a country apart…

          • lauradet

            October 13, 2016 at 7:58 AM

            “I bet if you were to walk down a street of a COMPLETELY white neighborhood you would receive no hate… ”

            Sweetie, the majority of the time when a black person walks in a COMPLETELY white neighborhood they call the police. Sit back and reflect on Trayvon Martin who was profiled, harassed and killed, Jonathan A. Ferrell who knocked on doors asking for help after a car crash and was shot and killed by police after a white person called the cops or John Crawford III who was shot in killed for holding a pellet gun in a Walmart after a white guy called the cops.

            Now, because you state that you ‘have several black friends’ sit down and listen to what they have to say on issues that you seem to have no clue about, then come back and post comments. As it stands, you are not an expert, are very closed minded and are clueless to the issues that impact the black community.

            “If I, a white female, were to walk down a street of an entirely black neighborhood.. I would probably get robbed, raped, and possible murdered.”

            What a ignorant thing to post and a very stereotypical perspective of black people. Take your trashy white azz to Stormfront and post your racist junk.

        • Tim

          September 13, 2016 at 4:51 AM

          You know, you don’t have to live here, in the US. There are lots of 100% Black countries you can move to, and rarely, if ever see a White person again. This isn’t a joke, and i’m not trying to zing you. I’m just saying, If I felt as you do, I’d consider moving to Congo or Chad or somewhere.

          • lauradet

            October 13, 2016 at 2:15 PM

            Tim, you can take you Krack-R behind, along with Samantha, back to your cave in Europe since you two are so afraid of black people. And by the way there are plenty of white people that live in Congo and Chad there’s no avoiding them they are everywhere – unfortunately.

        • Anonymous

          March 1, 2017 at 4:02 PM

          This is hatred and racism at its absolute worst. You are a sad soul.

      • Tim

        September 13, 2016 at 4:43 AM

        Dude, Trump has never said anything racist. If he wins, he’ll be very, very good for the Black people of the US. Illegal immigration and bad trade deals hurt us all, but as a whole, they hurt Black Americans the most. That’s most of what Trump is running against. All the bad inner cities that are bad for Blacks are run by Democrats. They use Black people for votes, but screw them over. Escape the plantation!

    • Jazzman

      April 21, 2016 at 10:24 PM

      You are literally a moron. It’s unfortunate if they lied, but police aren’t The Avengers and supposed to risk their lives in situations like this. They’d likely just die themselves.

      The hateful people are idiots like you who don’t put blame on families that bring up kids who do stuff like this. No one to blame but these teens. The horrible thing in America is the people who don’t take responsibility or the people on here making it about race.

      • Susan Wannabe

        April 22, 2016 at 2:38 AM

        Look who’s talking. Moron. The issue is they lied. If that hadn’t there might have been sentiment from some along the lines of “they’d likely just die themselves” had they tried. When one signs up to be a policeman they know there will be an element of risk to life (shot in line of duty etc.) Comes with the job.

        • Anonymous

          June 1, 2016 at 1:18 PM

          Amen on that note.

      • Ethan

        April 22, 2016 at 6:59 AM

        ^ The hate in action :(…

      • Dominik

        April 22, 2016 at 5:42 PM

        Your right, they aren’t Avengers, but there is a little thing called Integrity that police forces pride themselves on. They should be fired just on falsifying the statement alone. 100’s of cases may file appeals based on the fact these morons lied. I agree they shouldn’t jump in there to save them. But they shouldn’t portray themselves as The Avengers claiming to have attempted to do so.

      • Anonymous

        April 23, 2016 at 11:12 AM

        Thats exactly what they’re supposed to do. Fucking moron.

      • Tim

        September 13, 2016 at 4:48 AM

        Yeah, man, the issue is false police reports, which is a crime. If they felt it was too dangerous to try to save the girls, that’s not awesome, not going to win any awards, but not a crime. False police report = jail time.

    • Ethan

      April 22, 2016 at 7:00 AM

      Yes, it is:(.

  2. Belinda Walker

    April 21, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    Never leave your keys in the car with children. but the officers were wrong not to attempt to rescue the perishing. Very sad and unfortunate incident. Peace and goodwill to the parents.

    • Robin Nelsen

      April 21, 2016 at 7:04 PM

      Unfortunate? That’s a strange way to put it. How the girls wound up in the pond is completely irrelevant. The police officers had an obligation to try to save them and they didn’t bother trying. In my book that’s murder.

      • Anonymous

        April 21, 2016 at 7:53 PM

        ummm. No.. What is they can’t swim/

        • Alicia Wøracheck

          April 22, 2016 at 12:41 AM

          what is that they were trapped and untill there is equal pressure they cannot open dores and only way to get out quick is to break the window

      • Deysh

        April 21, 2016 at 9:19 PM

        Cops have an obligation to risk their lives by going in the river? I don’t think so but they also shouldn’t have lied about it

        • Dead_Mariner

          April 22, 2016 at 6:55 AM

          POND, it was a little pond not a deep dangerous river, dipsquid. Do you even read?

          • Boyd Queen

            April 22, 2016 at 9:13 AM

            Little pond my A. The car went under, and it was dark, who knows what was in those waters, and might not be able to swim. Smart move by the officers, at least there is no more lives lost

          • Char Char Binks

            September 5, 2016 at 12:23 PM

            Not dangerous at all, but they still drowned.

      • Chaz Simona Mills-Franklin

        April 22, 2016 at 8:17 AM

        I work for a courthouse hear many, many sad stories. If it’s a possibility of them loosing their life too they don’t have to intercede. It was dark, no visibility. It would have been their choice to go in but Not mandatory. I don’t agree with them lying saying they tried to help. One bad decision can cause people a lifetime of pain. Another sad story.

  3. Barbara Battibulli

    April 21, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    With all due respect and sympathies to the families, from the video dashcam, how can you tell that those were the only deputies there? How do you know, because of the darkness of the night, there weren’t other deputies at the pond attempting to save them? When a car sinks quickly and with the weight of the water pressing against the doors, it MAY have been impossible to save them. It may be erroneous to assume that no police tried to save drowning black girls because of the two officers you can actually see on the video. There may have been more officers that are not seen on the video. I can’t make rash judgments because I wasn’t there and neither should you. You need proof to back up what you’re saying. Your assertions MAY be true, but then again, they MAY not be true.

    • Bonnie Barlow

      April 21, 2016 at 9:48 AM

      Really. In the story they didn’t say anything about anyone else being out there. If there had been, these asses would have said so – like “we were waiting for them to save them” — you have to work harder to believe the lie than to know the truth.

    • H|Ψ (@breyriley)

      April 21, 2016 at 11:04 AM

      Sooo… we’re gonna act like one wouldn’t be able to hear an attempted rescue? Something like splashing water as an officer tries to swim or something? Asking for a friend.

    • Lawrence Jones

      April 21, 2016 at 12:06 PM

      U may be right but i think the big deal here is THEY LIED

      • anonymous

        April 23, 2016 at 8:55 AM

        Maybe they stretched the truth because of the ridiculous lynching of police officers lately. Im not saying that is right.. and I dont know the whole story, nor does anyone on this post. But It doesnt matter what they do, to some people, they are the bad guys. Ive never seen so much police bashing since Obama has been in office. I never hear him once stay a nice thing about them. And they save people, black, white, latinos, asians, daily!!! Lets not forget about that. But these same people will be the ones who will need the police some day and of course, they will be there for them!

    • Norbert Ricafort

      April 21, 2016 at 5:53 PM

      Actually you’re 100% bang on there Barbara because police officers in the United States never lie, that’s why they rarely get convicted for actions normal civilians would get crucified for.

    • Robin Nelsen

      April 21, 2016 at 7:07 PM

      You’re reaching. We’d hear something to corroborate that idea if it were the case. Absolutely nothing in that video provides any reason to believe that there was a rescue attempt underway. There’s not anything even circumstantial or ambiguous to suggest it, let alone explicit and concrete.

  4. Isome

    April 21, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Even video evidence is not enough to stop police apologists from justifying the police misconduct, no matter how egregious.

  5. Anonymous

    April 21, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Fuck the south…the racial hatred is pure ignorance!!! Those were kids and you do nothing to save them?!!!

  6. Anonymous

    April 21, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    These girls are dead, you couldn’t find a better fucking picture? Ya’ll used mugshots to further dehumanize deceased CHILDREN

  7. Staffney Stroman

    April 21, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Karma is a bitch, what goes around comes around, WATCH OUT OFFICERS YOUR TIME IS COMING

    • Whitney Johnson

      April 21, 2016 at 10:49 PM

      Well those girls shouldn’t have been acting like criminals, stealing cars ect. I never stole a car in my life, so they only got they karma for stealing

      • Anonymous

        April 22, 2016 at 12:36 AM

        wow… so you telling me.. that if a child takes candy from the store & tries to get away… they deserve to get shot for stealing? stealing is stealing but never should result in a death….
        & who knows what was going on in the car before then with that guy who picked them up…. how can you say something like this when you do not have ANY CLUE about the backstory especially seeing that even the police officers lied too.
        reevaluate your morals lady, really.

        • Taylor Zuniga

          April 22, 2016 at 8:19 PM

          Wow reading comprehension would help you tremendously. What you are comparing are totally different situation and scenarios. No one said these girls deserved to die because they stole a car, the comment right above states karma will get the officers for watching and letting them die. The person below very very simply put exactly what the idiot above was saying applies to the victims in this situation that Karma came back ten fold if they would have left that mans car alone and not stolen it then they would not have been evading the police they would not have accidentally drove into the pond and drown. All 3 had priors for GTA and they were all under 18! As for your statement about we don’t know what happened in the car with the man beforehand are you kidding me or did you just not read the article because it very clear your stated 2 hours later officers spotted the stolen car so if the bad man did something why were they still driving the car around instead of going to the police? Now the officers were abosloutly wrong for falsifying the reports but I wouldn’t bash others morals just saying when simply reading comprehension escapes you.

    • anonymous

      April 23, 2016 at 9:02 AM

      Is that a threat???Staffney???

  8. Missy

    April 21, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    just because you see and hear some cops on the tape dont mean there was not others trying to save them …. in less you know for a fact that they did nothing then keep your mouths shut … especially you so called journalists

    • Missy

      April 21, 2016 at 3:30 PM

      The vehicle left the roadway without braking, still traveling an estimated 30-35 mph and entered a pond at the southeast section of the cemetery. It drifted out about 20-yards into the pond and within about 5 minutes, it completely submerged.

      Gualtieri said the doors were closed and the windows were up, so there was no way out. Deputies who had been following shed their gun belts and other equipment and attempted to reach the occupants of the vehicle to try to rescue them. They were unable to reach the car, due to the thick muddy water and the grass growing on the surface of the pond.

      “Deputies wading out into the water were just sinking (into the muck) and couldn’t get to the car,” the sheriff said.

      Have any of you ever waded out into a swamp like this
      It is like quicksand you are lucky to move at all

  9. Meems

    April 21, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Hey Ear Hustle 411 – why not try to find pictures of these young girls that don’t look like mugshots? Black kids always have the worst photos in the media. White kids get their yearbook and prom photos published even if they killed someone.

    • Cee Cee

      April 21, 2016 at 6:15 PM

      Those were the only pictures that was out there. Maybe you can find some and send to us. If you google them that’s all that came up. Ear Hustle 411 put their story out there where many didn’t know about it. Thanks for the advice.

      • Robin Nelsen

        April 21, 2016 at 7:10 PM

        Um. Those pics come up because of this story. Don’t pretend they didn’t have other pics to use. They could’ve made an effort. School pictures, pictures from family, anything. Google is neither the only nor even the primary source they had access to to find appropriate photos.

    • Monica Kei

      April 22, 2016 at 8:39 AM

      I believe they are mug shots, how sad.
      Three 15-16 year old girls who already have mug shots.
      What is going on?
      Regardless, lying on a report should get the cops fired.
      The dash cam videos will help get rid of bad cops.

      • Boyd Queen

        April 22, 2016 at 9:27 AM

        Now it’s all about a picture. How stupid. You people seem to be so racist. It really should have been mug shots, since they were criminals. Stealing the car, then trying to evade the law.

    • Taylor Zuniga

      April 22, 2016 at 8:37 PM

      B.s look up the articles about the Virginia Tech university students. Both white 1 female 1 male all news outlets published their mug shots and they were charged with murdering a 13 year old girl. Let’s not make this about race and instead ask where were these young girls parents? All under 18 with priors for GTA! That’s the problem not that a news site used mug shots for the girls but why did these teens have mug shots in the first place and again where were the parents while they were out stealing and joy riding in a car?

  10. richard harp

    April 21, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    It’s a crying shame.. if those would have been some animals in that water. esp. a dog.. those cops would have did everything in their power to save it.. Don’t thing God have not record this and every event, that goes down.. They could have at least attempt to save those girls.. you don’t want me to say if the situation was a little different…Come on peoples, you know..

  11. Whitney Johnson

    April 21, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    People are saying oh poor kids, did you guys not read the part where they stole a car? They were criminals and apparently they got their karma for doing wrong so many times. If I was those cops I wouldn’t risk my life for a criminal either.

    • Anonymous

      April 22, 2016 at 5:56 PM

      I’m glad you don’t have kids, the world is a better place as long as YOU don’t reproduce. To call their death Karma is disgusting & you should be ashamed.

  12. Anonymous

    April 22, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    If you do bad thing, bad things will do you. I would not have wasted my time with the gals, they know better, and they know they know better, my granny use to say that. I hope every young criminal or wannabe criminal see this and learn from this. Stop the criminal before they stop you, water killed 3 black young thugs NOT the police….

  13. Courtney Fuller

    April 22, 2016 at 6:52 AM

    This doesn’t. Have anything to do with race I am white but my sons father is black and therefore so is my son so that’s proof that I’m not Racist.
    From what I take from the video it seems that it all happened fast maybe by the time he thought he herd screams there was no time they shouldn’t have lied and that definitely gets you thinking but one thing I can say is that people should stop assuming racism in everything what evidence is there from the video that they weren’t helping because they were black ….I’ll wait

    • Taylor Zuniga

      April 22, 2016 at 8:54 PM

      Thank you Courtney reading some of these comments makes me lose faith in humanity. People are mad about all the wrong things. Exactly what you said where is there evidence the police were racist and even saying oh but if it was white girls they would have attempted to save them is so irrelevant. It’s tragic and horrific how they died and the police were 110% wrong for lying but why are people not outraged that these young girls stole a car and it was not none of the 3 girls first time either as they had priors all 3! Where are the parents? How did they know how to even steal a car at that age? That is what people should be mad/upset about instead I guess it’s just easier to write racist.

  14. Robert Hewes

    April 22, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    If you’re going to steal their content, at the very least you could leave a link to the original article so we can get details you leave out. Your theft of their IP is disgusting.

  15. Joan

    April 22, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    How about show the horrible policemen’s pictures who committed the crime here?! Not the girls mugshots. Despicable.

  16. Boyd Queen

    April 22, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Dummy, the cops did not commit the crime. The girls committed the crime. Did you not read the article dummy? They were stealing, not the cops. Stick your head back in the sand.

  17. Alejandro Moreno S.

    April 22, 2016 at 10:44 AM


  18. marianne por

    April 22, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    All I can say is I can HOPE they HOLD the Officers involved accountable for their non-actions and lying. Kids will be kids; I have no doubt all of us have done things just as reckless without thinking.

    • Tay

      November 13, 2016 at 10:20 AM

      Kids will be kids? I dnt know any kids stealing cars and not only that all 3 had priors for GTA. The police should not have said they tried 1 rescue them but you got ur priorities all messed up. Where were the girls parents they need 2 be held accountable for not knowing where thier very young teen girls were and what u know they were out commuting crimes. Get a damn clue last you and the parents are the probkem here. An iI bet my life u wouldn’t have went n that swamp at night with gators for 3 teens with priors for GTA and u know it. This was not the cops fault at all had the girls not been stealing cars they wouldn’t have been running from law enforcement and went on that pond .

  19. Anonymous

    April 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Man i’m black, and if the media could race bate any harder than this all the people already beliving this garbage would get even more stupid….. this article implies that the cops knew they were black…and didnt want to save them… its a tragic event that these young girls died by accident … but being its flordia, and its the capitol for alligator attacks….the fact that these girls supposedly stole the vehicle… and they so happened to drive into a lake… its not the officers fault like this peice of garbage article makes it out to be…

    I can say that the police chief and his comments where stupid, he lied and shouldnt have said the cops tried…

    if the cops didnt go in; my statement would have been… at 8:30 pm we got reports of a vehilce matching the description of the vehicle the victims where in… officers saw the vehicle speed though a red light with the head lights off and started the pursuit… unfortunately, the victims crashed into the swamp and lost thier lives… officers on the scene, didnt see the impact into the water or know if the person or people driving the car fled the scene after the impact. Officers at the scene did not attempt a rescue due to that unknown and were looking for the person or people leaving the scene…

  20. Sondra Cherry (SC)

    April 22, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    I know after my teenage years I’m lucky to have made it to adulthood. Teenagers do stupid stuff, doesn’t mean they deserved death. What gets me is with the dash cams, and body cameras, a lot of police still see it as okay to lie! You know why they keep lying? Because they can get away with it..things need to change, or we’re all in trouble. For all the people blindly worshipping cops, what are you going to do when the day comes where they’re pulling us out of our homes at gunpoint, demanding we get on a bus to be taken to a FEMA camp? You gonna thank them, kiss their boots? No, don’t think so. If people can’t see that our country is headed down the garage shoot, they’re in for it. This next election is going to play a big role in what happens to us next..they don’t care about us, none of them..and police state is already here. Watch.

  21. Travis

    April 23, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Just another example of the Internet misleading people to cause outrage. Here is the same incident but from another dash cam perspective . As I posted on this YouTube video clip you can clearly see 2 officers carrying their uniforms in hand. It is pretty obvious they had to change out of their wet uniforms into warm dry clothes after the rescue attempt. good job at making outrage and hate, but poor job of accurate and reliable truthful reporting.

  22. Weak

    April 24, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Look, I really dislike how every thing is gauged towards demonizing police these days. Those girls broke the law, it wasnt the first time they had done so. They stole a car and took it on a high speed chase and wound up driving into a pond. If I was a cop, first off there is atleast a minute delay before you can actually even act. Its not like your following them bumper to bumper. Also they most likely thought the girls were dead on impact, which is why they are sitting their saying “I think I hear them screaming” questioning whether or not the girls even survived the crash. Lastly, with no vision ergo no way to even find the car which is submerged underwater at this point, the cops have no way of rescuing the girls. They’re uniforms and equipment weigh so much they would have to disrobed and go searching through a pond at night searching for them.

    And lastly if you know anything about physics, the reason the cops couldnt save the girls is the same reason the girls couldnt save themselves. When a car is submerged you HAVE TO crack the window to equalize the pressure. If not opening the door becomes impossible because their is so much more pressure outside the car then inside. The only way the cops could save them would be by breaking a window, which is hard enough to do when your not underwater.

    The cops didnt kill these girls, they had nothing to do with their deaths, from my perspective the girls killed themselves. It really is a shame, but lets call it for what it is.

  23. Tanya

    June 21, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    God sees all. Whatever a man sows that will he also reap. People think they get away but they never think about their offspring. God will use the very thing you love to repay.

  24. MJL

    June 24, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    I am curious?? Why are we asserting race as the problem? How could the police know they were Black if they were in a sinking car? I am unapologetically Black, and yes, I have experienced racism, but we MUST stop claiming race every time something happens. Having a criminal record as a “teen” should not dictate a death sentence, so those white folks jumping on the bandwagon to protect a perceived racist is unnecessary. I am not sure I would jump into a swamp in Florida where alligators live and risk my life. I believe EACH life is precious and valuable, but the lying and falsifying information is the real problem, unless it is known they knew the girls were Black.

    • Mel

      September 4, 2016 at 1:09 AM

      You are the only person here who gets it. The cops couldn’t have done anything nor could they see who or what was in the car. But all the white people here (and I am white) are still jumping to protect the men due to their own prejudices (not the cops’ prejudices, at least not in this particular situation). And these girls did not deserve a death sentence for their crimes. They deserved punishment but not this, never this. They were still young and could have went down a different path with intervention. They did not deserve to die this horrible death. We do not give death penalty to thiefs. While I do not believe the cops in this particular situation were racist, I definitely believe some of these people commenting here are.

      • Anonymous

        March 2, 2017 at 2:02 PM

        Best comment so far, Amen sister!! We are all God’s children!! It’s a shame how we all hate each other because of stupied disguisting race issues and stereotypes, we are all the same but with different beautiful skin colors and different cultures exactly the way God wanted it! We are all brothers and sister’s under one race, the HUMAN RACE!! It’s so sad and it really brakes my heart!! It’s all a design planned by Satan himself to try and destroy God’s people!!

  25. Anonymous

    July 27, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    If black cops stood around and watched white kids drowning, regardless of what they had done, you people in here would be singing a different tune. All that blue matters bs would go right out the window.

    • Karma

      March 18, 2017 at 4:11 PM

      Not many white kids go around chanting “fuck the police”, only the ones influenced by black so-called culture.

  26. Truth

    October 3, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    You don’t actually expect police officers to jump into a body of water, risking their own safety, just to stop a few niggers from drowning do you? Get real here.

  27. Karma

    March 18, 2017 at 4:09 PM

    Black people: “Fuck the police”
    I don’t blame the police officers for not wanting to risk their lives saving a bunch of ungrateful heathens.

  28. Pingback: Sheriff Claimed Cops Were Heroes For Trying To Save 3 Black Girls From Drowning But Dashcam Show They Watched Them Scream As They Drowned - Better News

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