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Teens' Drowning Man Video Doesn't End in Charges for Them

Teens' Drowning Man Video Doesn't End in Charges for Them

Jamel Dunn drowned in a pond in Cocoa Beach, Florida, on July 9 as a group of teens filmed his dying moments and never called or sought help to save his life. (Brevard County Sheriff's Office via AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 26 June 2018 04:41 PM

Teens who taunted and filmed a disabled man drowning in Florida will not be charged because there is no state law that requires emergency assistance in such a situation.

The video posted on social media following the death of Jamel Dunn, 31, in a pond on July 9, 2017, in Cocoa, Florida, reveals laughter and mocking from the onlookers as he drowns.

As Dunn pleads for help in the video, one person can be heard saying, “You should’ve never got in there.”

Another appears to be bragging afterwards. “We just saw buddy die,” he says. “We didn’t even try to help him.”

Seminole-Brevard State Attorney Phil Archer announced in a statement Friday that the four juveniles and one adult would not be criminally charged because “there is no Florida law that requires a person to provide emergency assistance under the facts of this case,” ABC News reported.

The incident resulted in worldwide outrage by people who watched the video in horror. There were calls for new laws to make it a legal requirement to assist people in trouble but a "Good Samaritan" measure failed to reach the state legislature.

The teens involved in recording the drowning man include four juveniles between 14 and 16, and one 18-year-old adult.

“I know that everyone was sickened by the callous disregard for human life exhibited by these young people," Archer noted, ABC News reported. "We can only hope that this was an isolated and rare circumstance that will never happen again.

Melissa Ann Clark, Dunn’s sister-in-law, said it was “definitely injustice” and that the suspects should have been punished.

“A man died, and they laughed,” she said, ABC News reported. 

Dunn’s mother, Gloria Dunn, said the absence of any charges doesn’t bring her any closure, Florida Today reported.

“They laughed at him. At the end of the day, you can’t live that down.”

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