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Misconduct or police pursuit? Mom wants answers to her daughter’s road death

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — D’Asia Monroe was scheduled to attend Palm Beach Lakes Community High School’s prom and graduate this spring.

“And I can’t even dress my little girl, because she’s gone,” Monroe’s mother, Mikea Brown, said.

Monroe and her boyfriend Deshawn Knowles died in an accident March 6 after a Riviera Beach Police sergeant attempted to stop the SUV.

In a report, Sgt. Tabitha Smith says she saw Monroe turn around on Blue Heron Boulevard and Garden Road. Monroe was on the U-turn when, Smith says, she slammed into another vehicle and then sped west on Blue Heron Boulevard.

A mile and a half later, the SUV carrying Monroe and Knowles crashed through a fence and landed in a canal near the VA Medical Center.

“I woke up the next morning to the police telling me my daughter was dead,” Brown lamented.

WPTV Contact 5 reviewed Smith’s personnel file.

Since joining the force in 1994, Smith has been disciplined for insubordination, failure to appear in court, “insolent, rude and disturbed” behavior and prone to traffic accidents.

Her file also shows that she had seven accidents in her police car and once got out of a gas pump with the nozzle still attached to her police car.

Significantly, in 1995 and again in 2020, Riviera Beach Police cited Smith for violating department prosecution policy.

In 1995, she was cited for “reckless use of a patrol car in pursuit of a traffic violator”. Two years ago, Smith was again cited for “excessive speeds”, chasing a man who was driving away from a traffic stop.

“Something has to be done,” said Nautilus Dokes-Brown, Monroe’s aunt. “It shouldn’t have to come to this for anything to get done.”

Dokes-Brown says the details of the tragedy don’t make sense because Monroe never had a driver’s license and was just learning to drive.

“She drives so slow,” Dokes-Brown said.

“We want answers, we just want to know what happened. What happened,” added Brown, who wants her daughter to stop and take responsibility for driving without a license.

Instead, she wonders if a Riviera Beach police officer, twice cited for violating hunting policy, bears some responsibility.

“I just want to figure out what happened,” Brown said of her daughter’s fatal accident. “She still had life to live. She was only 18 years old.

Contact 5 asked Riviera Beach Police for video from the dash cam of Smith’s squad car, which may indicate whether Smith initiated a chase or whether Monroe simply panicked and drove off. fled.

However, police would not release the video, saying the matter was still under investigation.