|Laniya Miller, Ashaunti Butler, and Dominique Battle|
(Scroll down for video) Three young girls are dead after they stole a car and drove it into a lake while fleeing from police, police in Florida said.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Laniya Miller, Ashaunti Butler, both 15 years old, and 16-year-old Dominique Battle, died after the stolen vehicle sunk into the lake while being chased by officers.
The girls are accused of stealing a car from a Walmart parking lot and fleeing from the police several times before driving into the lake.
Some people slammed the police for watching the girls drown and doing nothing to help them.
In response, police released a video, showing the police at the scene of the incident.
“Unfortunately, some people are irresponsibly and falsely posting on Facebook that deputies did not attempt to rescue the 3 girls who tragically drowned while fleeing from the police in a stolen car.
“The sheriff stated at the time, that deputies removed their gun belts and clothes, and tried to enter the water to rescue the girls, but the conditions in the water prevented them from doing so.
“This is exactly what happened, and we stand by that. All video regarding the incident has been released, including the clip that shows deputies who had taken off their duty gear in an effort to rescue the girls.
“The other videos being shown omits the part that shows deputies who had entered the water in their effort to rescue the girls. We are posting this clip with the hope that the false narrative being spread about this incident stops,” police wrote on Facebook.