Dominique Battle, Ashaunti Butler and Laniya Miller, all of whom drowned in a stolen car
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Dashcam footage released shows that sheriff's deputies did not try to save three Florida teenagers who were drowning after driving into a cemetery pond in a stolen car last month, Raw Story reports. 

Dominique Battle, 16, and Ashaunti Butler and Laniya Miller, both 15, died March 31 after a car chase with officers. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office had previously claimed that the deputies had taken off their gun belts and entered the pond once they realized that the girls were trapped inside, but the officers’ feet sank into the mud at the bottom of the pond, causing them to deem any attempt at rescue too risky. 

In the audio of the footage, however, deputies standing by their cruiser can be heard discussing whether to go in after the girls.

"I hear them yelling, I think!" one officer says. 

“They’re done. They are 6-7, dude,” another officer replies.

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

“But now they’re done. They’re done,” the deputy says as the car continues to sink. 


Watch the video below:

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