From: Mad World
According to the outraged relatives, police are responsible for the girls’ deaths as they didn’t do enough to save them after crashing the stolen vehicle. In fact, they’ve also pointed out a portion of the dash cam that has since been released, hoping to demonstrate what they perceive as neglect by the officers.
According to Tampa Bay Times, as police officers contemplated putting their lives in danger, they could be heard on video saying:
“It’s going all the way down. It’s almost fully submerged,” one deputy says. “I hear them yelling, I think!”
“They’re done. They’re done. They are sig 7, dude.”
(“Sig 7” refers to signal 7, a radio code for “dead person.”)
“Did you hear yelling? I thought I heard yelling as it was going down,” a deputy said.
Unfortunately for the entitled families that think officers were required to save their criminal children, the Sheriff’s Office doesn’t exactly feel the same. It wasn’t long before Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri would post to Facebook with quite the priceless response.
Along with posting a video showing officers who had not only taken off portions of their uniform, but attempted to go in the water as well, the sheriff also said:
“It’s a bunch of junk,” the sheriff said Friday of the allegations. “Those deputies went in that water and tried to save those girls at their own peril.”
The Sheriff’s investigative reports indicate that deputies tried to reach the car. Deputy Jeff Clement wrote in his report: “Myself and other deputies began to enter the swampy water… the fact that the vehicle was still moving, along with the unstable ground and excessive water vegetation, made a rescue too risky for those involved.”