'Extremely Disturbing' Video Shows Teens Recording Man and Laughing as He Drowned: Cops
The teens recorded 32-year-old Jamel Dunn's dying moments.
Cops in Florida say an "extremely disturbing" video that made the rounds on social media depicts a drowning man's final moments as recorded by several teens who did nothing to help.
The minute-long video depicts 32-year-old Jamel Dunn as he died in a retention pond in Cocoa on July 9.
According to police, five teens ages 14 to 16 watched and recorded the incident without so much as an offer of help.
Yet authorities have deemed the teens broke no laws.
"The video was brought to our attention this past weekend," Cocoa PD said in a statement. "Our detectives reviewed the video. The five juveniles who recorded the incident were identified and interviewed. The State Attorney’s Office was consulted regarding what, if any criminal charges could be applied in this incident."
Authorities chose to file no charges because laws in Florida do not obligate citizens to render aid or call someone to render aid to a person in distress.
"We are all affected by what was captured on the video. There are no words to describe how utterly inhumane and cruel the actions of these juveniles were towards Mr. Dunn," the police statement said.
Statements from the office of State Attorney Phil Archer echoed those of the Cocoa PD.
"We are deeply saddened and shocked at both the manner in which Mr. Dunn lost his life and the actions of the witnesses to this tragedy," the statement reads.
"While the incident depicted on the recording does not give rise to sufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution under Florida statutes, we can find no moral justification for either the behavior of persons heard on the recording or the deliberate decision not to render aid to Mr. Dunn."
According to WKMG, police said Dunn turned up at the pond after an argument with his fiancée about 10 to 15 minutes before the incident.
Dunn's family has created a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral expenses. As of this writing, the fund has raised nearly half of its $20,000 goal.
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