Footage Shows Florida Officers Stand By as 3 Black Teens Drown in Lake 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. Sheriff Gualtieri said his deputies' reports and a clip of dash cam video of the officers walking by without their guns and badges proves they made an effort to enter the water and affect a rescue. On Friday, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri passionately defended his deputies and their investigation into the three teens who drowned in a stolen car on March 31. “In reports that were written by the deputies who took their gun belts off, took their clothes off and went in the water - those deputies aren’t lying."