Former NFL football player Louis Nix died back in February when his car was discovered in a pond. His body could have been discovered a lot earlier if the law enforcement officers had done their job.
According to reports, a 911 caller stated a car was driving the wrong way on the road, hit the median and went off into the pond.
When police arrived on the scene however, they realized there were fresh marks on the ground from tires and even said it in their body cams, but they never called in crews to check the pond for Nix and his car.
Four days after he was reported missing, Jacksonville police discovered his body in the same pond the officers arrived at.
According to Action News in Jacksonville, four officers were disciplined for their actions.
The three main charges against the officers were
- “failure to conform to work standards”
- “failure to take supervisory action”
- “violation of body-worn camera policy”
Internal Affairs report said officers don’t have the proper training when it comes to submerged cars, but he believes it’s unlikely Nix could have survived until the time the dive team or JFRD got there.
With that being said, four officers were disciplined for neglecting a eye witness testimony, and hopefully they learn from that in the future. It could save a life.