Group of Florida teens who recorded the drowning of a man without calling for help, not to be charged, according to the police
In the longer than 2-minute video, the five boys (aged between 14 and 16), can clearly be heard mocking and laughing as the man is fighting for his life, in a pond in Florida.
Without taking calling for help into consideration, the teens continued recording on a cellphone, while also making ugly remarks and mocking the man who was clearly struggling to stay afloat and alive.
The teens can be heard saying things to the man such as “you are going to die”. At one point, one of them can be heard laughing and saying “he dead”.
Sadly, the state of Florida does not have a law where citizens are obligated to call for help in this type of situations.
“If there was (a law like that) we would charge them,” Cocoa Police Department spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez told CNN by phone.
“The family is frustrated … the detectives are frustrated, that we cannot hold anyone accountable for this,” Martinez added. “No one deserves to go like that.”
The 5 teens showed no regret over the man’s death
The police reported that the incident took place on July 9; however, even after the teens recorded the video, they did nothing to alert the authorities.
“At least one of the teens expressed no remorse while being interviewed by detectives,” Martinez said, claiming that the fact that they did not alert the police at any point shows clear signs of lack of regret
The victim was identified as 31-year-old Jamel Dunn, who was initially filed as a missing person on July 12, three days after he had already drowned.
His body was taken out from the water on July 14.
Police also reported that on the morning of his death, he got into a verbal fight with his mother, and maybe his fiancé too.
“(His fiancé) left the home at about 12:40 p.m. Based on the video, he went into the water at about 12:50 p.m. and then drowned. He was in the water struggling for one or two minutes for the video portion,” Martinez told CNN.