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Disturbing video shows teens filming, mocking man as he drowns
The ruling marks the end of an investigation into the incident that happened last July when a group of five men, one adult and four kids, recorded a video of a 31-year-old Jamel Dunn drowning in a retention pond in Cocoa, Florida:
5 Florida teens will not be prosecuted after they videotaped and mocked a disabled man as he drowned and didn’t help. They spotted 31-year-old Jamel Dunn struggling in a pond last July, but instead of helping they videotaped him and then posted it online. http://www.wkrg.com/news/national/no-charges-for-5-teens-who-mocked-drowning-man-didn-t-help/1258246619?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_WKRG …
— WKRG (@WKRG) 5:55 PM – Jun 23, 2018
On July 9, 2017 the group, aged between 14 and 18, stumbled upon Dunn in the water and began recording the video, as reported by The New York Post. While none of the boys are pictured, you can hear them laughing and making fun of the man.
“Get out the water, you’re gonna die,” one of them said.
“We’re not going to help you, you should have never got in there,” someone else added, pointing out how Dunn had entered the pond while still wearing all of his clothes.
One of the boys even appeared to be laughing, telling the group that “he just died.”
The boys didn’t report the incident right away, and instead authorities were notified that Dunn was missing after his fiancée filed a missing persons report, according to Florida Today. His body was found severely decomposed at the edge of the pond three days later on July 12.
“We had researched every possible avenue to see if there were any criminal charges that could apply. In this case, it just doesn’t apply. It’s unfortunate. It’s regrettable that the laws of Florida, as they are written, don’t allow us to file any charge in this case,” Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for the Cocoa Police Department, told the local newspaper.
Newsweek: A group of teenagers won’t face charges after they recorded a disabled man drowning to death https://t.co/jXtBIR3ome
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