LaNiya Miller, Ashaunti Butler and Domonique Battle


On March 31, St. Petersburg-natives LaNiya Miller, 15, Ashaunti Butler, 15, and Dominique Battle, 16, drowned in a retention pond off of Gandy Blvd. after being pursued by county and city police for allegedly stealing a car from a local Walmart Market. More than 15 trained police officers ended up on at the scene, yet the car sank and the girls drowned in less than six feet of water. The timeline of events, officer reports, dash cam footage and Sheriff Bob Gualtieri’s statements leave us wondering what actually happened at the pond, and if those officers actually exhausted all options in saving the girls. The facts lead us to believe that they did not do everything they could to save them and that is unacceptable. Regardless of the assumed crime, regardless of their actions, LaNiya, Ashaunti and Dominique were kids who deserved to be saved. We stand in solidarity with their mothers, families and friends in demanding justice for them.

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