Correction: Fleeing Car-Pond Deaths story

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Posted: May 03, 2016 5:44 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — In a story April 28 story about activists seeking a probe into the drownings of three Florida teens, The Associated Press reported erroneously that several groups were involved in organizing a news conference. The story also left out the main organizing group, the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement. Black Lives Matter and the NAACP told The Tampa Bay Times that they were not involved in the news conference.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Activists seek independent probe of Florida teens' drownings

A coalition of activist groups is calling for an outside investigation of the drownings of three teenage girls who were fleeing from Florida sheriff's deputies

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A coalition of activist groups is calling for an outside investigation of the drownings of three teenage girls who were fleeing from Florida sheriff's deputies.

The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1ND8jhh) reports that activists spoke at a news conference Thursday about the Pinellas County deputies who followed the girls in the stolen car last month.

The news conference was organized by the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement.

Other groups participating included Bay Area Dream Defenders and the Nation of Islam, among others.

Officials say deputies never pursued the car.

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has defended his agency's handling of the crash and said deputies tried to rescue the girls. He said Thursday that he was frustrated by the request for an independent investigation.