Target: Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri
Goal: Terminate police officers who reportedly stood around and refused to assist drowning girls.
Three teenage girls were allegedly allowed to drown in a sinking car as cops stood around doing nothing. In Pinellas County, Florida, the girls–Ashaunti Butler, Laniya Miller, and Dominique Battle–stole a car. When they were tailed by police, they tried to cut through a cemetery to escape and ended up accidentally driving the car into a deep pond. All three girls drowned at the scene and according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, officers at the scene tried to wade the muck and deep water to save the girls, but their efforts proved fruitless.
That statement on the incident has since been proven to be a lie. In dashboard footage from the night of the accident, Pinellas County officers can be seen and heard standing around just listening to the girls scream away their last moments of life. The statement that spoke of the officers’ attempts to save the girls was nothing more than hogwash, and if we assume the statement was based on reports filed by the officers, they were lies to cover up the fact these officers did nothing.
Criminals or not, it is the duty of a police officer to save lives. These officers had an opportunity to try and save the girls and deliver them into custody to face jurisprudence. Instead, they let the girls die in sick display of twisted “justice.” Sign the petition and tell Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri that an officer’s responsibility to administer the law, not forsake the law in the name of their own idea of “justice.”
Dear Sheriff Gualtieri,
The lack of action your officers took in saving the lives of Dominique Battle, Ashaunti Miller, and Laniya Miller is abominable. As officers of the peace, their job is to protect life and administer the law, not stand there commenting on the screams coming from a sinking car with genuine disinterest in saving the lives inside. Such lack of action is a disgrace to the badges they wear and the oaths they took to protect the community. These officers are worthy of termination.
We urge you to do the right thing and hold these officers accountable for their failure to properly ensure the law is fairly administered. In a time in which law enforcement is under intense scrutiny and is the subject of heated debate in terms of ethics, not holding these officers to account for their actions would only further the fuel that divides public perception of policy efficacy.
The point of policing is to uphold and enforce the law and show the community you serve that the police work to protect. Failure to hold these officers accountable will diminish the perception of the department and will further widen the rift between the department and the community you all have sworn to protect.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Dave Conner