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Uhuru candidates slam Pinellas Sheriff’s Office after stolen car chase crash kills teens

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Jesse Nevel and Akile Cainion, the Uhuru-backed candidates running for St. Petersburg mayor and City Council, are blasting the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, blaming them for the deaths of the three black teens who died after stealing a sport utility vehicle and speeding away from deputies.

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Deputies follow as rally protesting black girls’ deaths moves from mall to Pinellas Sheriff’s Office

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A rally to highlight to point out the injustices faced by black girls, particularly to the girls who drowned in a stolen car in a cemetery pond last month, got the attention of Pinellas deputies and Largo police Thursday. Rally participants said the deputies threatened to arrest them although no arrests were made. Instead, the rally moved from Largo Mall to the nearby Sheriff’s Office, 10750 Ulmerton Road, where deputies let them stay for a few minutes before herding them…

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Ken Welch: Sheriff not at fault for drowning deaths of 3 teen girls

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Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch took a field trip Friday to the cemetery pond where three teenage girls drowned in a stolen car. The drowning happened about 3:50 a.m. March 31. The girls, who were being followed by Pinellas sheriff’s deputies, turned into Royal Palm North Cemetery, 2600 Gandy Blvd. and drove into a pond. Deputies said they were unable to reach the car to get the teens out. But some community activists have charged deputies never made an effort…

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Activists protest ‘police murder’ at Pinellas Courthouse over death of 3 teen girls

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A small group of activists gathered at the Pinellas County Courthouse Friday afternoon to protest the deaths of three black teenage girls who drowned last month in a stolen car. The mixed-race group shouted slogans that included “Jail the killer cops!” and demanded reparations for the girls and other African-American teens that, they said, died at the hands of murderous police. They also demanded that the black community have control of the police. They threatened to shut St. Petersburg down…

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