Authorities in Florida say that a group of teens recorded the drowning of a man and did nothing as they made fun of his struggles to help.
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Jamel Dunn, 32, of Cocoa, drowned in a retention pond July 9. His body was recovered July 14, two days after his fiancee reported him missing. Last week, a friend of Dunn’s family came across the video and forwarded it to authorities in Brevard County.
In the video, which was published by the Florida Today paper Thursday, the teens can be heard laughing at Dunn as he splashes futilely in the water and screams for support.
“Get out the water, you gonna die,” yells one, while another yells, “aint nobody fixing to help you, you dumb (expletive).” As Dunn disappears under the water, one of the adolescents states, “Oh, he just died.”
Investigators say none of the adolescents all between 14 and 16 years old called 911 to report Dunn’s drowning or attempted to help the guy.
“They just laughed the whole time,” Cocoa Police Department spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez told Florida Today. “He was just screaming … for someone to help him.
Police said the teens were identified and questioned by detectives, but it’s unlikely they will face charges, since they were not directly involved in Dunn’s death.
The Brevard County State Attorney’s Office called the video a “tragedy” and said the teens had “no moral justification” for not trying to help Dunn.
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