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Teens Laugh at Man While They Film Him Drowning

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By    |   Friday, 21 Jul 2017 08:27 AM

Teens who laughed at a man they filmed drowning in a Cocoa, Florida, pond and failed to help earlier this month may not have broken any laws in the state.

Jamel Dunn, 32, a disabled man, drowned July 9 at Bracco Pond, Florida Today reported. While Dunn was fighting for his life, teenagers reportedly recorded him in cellphone video and posted it online, laughing at the man and failed to render aid, per Florida Today.

Authorities said the teens left the area without informing police and Dunn's decomposing body was pulled from the pond July 12, the newspaper said. Dunn's fiancée filed a missing person report after he failed to turn up at home in Cocoa.

A family friend spotted the video on social media and turned it over to police.

Five teenage boys between the ages of 14 and 16 were heard laughing during Dunn's final seconds of life, saying that he was "going to die," CNN reported.

Florida has no law that would make a citizen obligated to render aid or call for help if someone is in distress, leaving law enforcement powerless in responding to the video.

"If there was (a law like that) we would charge them," Cocoa Police Department spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez told CNN. "The family is frustrated ... the detectives are frustrated, that we cannot hold anyone accountable for this. No one deserves to go like that."

Police said that the teens at the scene were identified and questioned, but since they did not commit any crime were released and authorities did not reveal their names.

"I've been doing this a longtime, probably 20 years or more ... I was horrified. My jaw dropped," Martinez said about the teens' reaction, according to CNN.

"To think that anyone would just lack any kind of moral conscience to call for help. It's one thing to see something and not want to put yourself at risk, but to not call anybody, to sit there and to laugh and humiliate this person is beyond my comprehension," Martinez continued.

Rondanielle Williams, Dunn's fiancée, told WESH-TV, said she could not believe that the teens did nothing to help.

"It broke my heart for someone to just sit there, of age, to know if someone needs help — they're crying out for help in the video — and you just do nothing," Williams said, noted WESH-TV.

A GoFundMe campaign was set up to help with Dunn's funeral expenses, the Orlando Sentinel noted.

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