A teenage boy drowned in a lake in #Lauderhill, Florida, Friday while he was fleeing from police and now witnesses are accusing the cops involved of not doing anything to save him.
Officers were chasing the boy and three other suspects after they spotted them driving a car that was reportedly stolen, according to @local10news. A police spokeswoman said the boy was among a group of four who jumped out of the stolen car. The other three suspects were reportedly arrested.
Witnesses at the scene said the boy shouted for help, but none of the officers jumped into the lake to rescue him. “They watched him drown,” said a witness who did not want to be identified. He said it took divers about an hour to find the boy’s body.
The witness said he first saw two police officers with “devices on their hands” that appeared to be Taser guns and then saw the teenage boy dive into the water.
“He went down the first time and he screamed, ‘Help me! Please help me!’ He went down the second time, and he came back up and he was screaming, ‘Help me! Help me!’ The third time he went down, he didn’t come back up at all,” the witness said.
The witness added that one of the police officers wanted to jump into the lake to get the teen but didn’t.
“He spoke to somebody, another officer on the other side of the lake saying, ‘Should I jump in? Should I, should I, should I go in?’ And I guess he said, ‘No.’”
A second witness who also did not want to be identified said there were officers and Fire Rescue personnel present, but there were no attempts to rescue the boy.
“The ambulance came,” the second witness said. “They put on their vests but nobody actually went into the water.”
The Broward Sheriff’s Office is investigating the teenager’s death.
We’ll keep you updated on this story, Roommates.