The teens were filming his death and didn’t even try to call 911 or help the man.
Jamel Dunn, 31, entered the pond, drowned, and his body was found only five days later. And the teens did nothing to help him. Still, the Florida officials said that the teens didn’t break the law. “In the state of Florida, there is no law in place that requires a person to render aid or call to render aid to a victim in distress,” Yvonne Martinez, a spokeswoman for the Cocoa Police Department, said on Friday.
The teens didn’t regret their actions and even started to share the video on Facebook. One of the teens, using an expletive, calls Mr. Dunn a junkie. Someone tells him not to expect any assistance: “Ain’t nobody going to help you, you dumb bitch. You shouldn’t have got in there,” he says. Later, one of the teenagers appears to suggest that they call the police, only to be rejected by another.
The police identified and met with all five, who ranged in age from 14 to 18, Ms. Martinez said. None appeared to show much emotion. “What I saw was not remorseful,” she said.
Can you imagine what these teens will be capable of when they grow up?
Jamel Dunn was disabled and walked with a cane. And it is still unclear what he was doing in the pond. According to the surveillance video, obtained by police, he wasn’t forced into the pond, but walked in it all by his own will.
The local police is not giving up. They believe a different Florida law requires any person who is aware of a death to report it. Ms. Martinez said the authorities would recommend charges under that law.