Police in Cocoa, Florida reported that a man drowned last week as a group of teens took video and laughingly mocked the man at a fenced off pond. Authorities said that regrettably, little can be done legally to the youths for doing nothing to help the man. Making it another sad commentary on the youth of today.
The Brevard County State Attorney’s Office released video of the dying moments of a 32-year-old disabled, clearly showing the teens mocking, cursing and laughing while the man drowned. Authorities called the incident a “tragedy” and said the teens’ lack of action had “no moral justification.”
The minute long video is described as “extremely disturbing,” but even more disturbing is it was posted online over the weekend before it finally found its way to detectives. In the clip, you can hear the teens ages 14 to 16, laughing as the man screams in the distance for help before going under the murky water just after noon July 9th. There were no calls to 911 from the teens.
The teens did not report incident to the police, instead officers found the badly decomposed body of the man who was identified as Jamel Dunn three days later. Dunn was last seen wearing a black shirt emblazoned with the phrase ‘I’m Blessed,’ and a red hat that read “Only God can judge me.”
His fiancee filed a missing person report after he failed to return home. Later, a friend saw the video on social media and turned it over to police. The video graphically showed police what happened the day Dunn disappeared.
There was no attempt to help the man, instead, “(The teens) were telling him they weren’t going in after him and that ‘you shouldn’t have gone in there,’” said Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for the Cocoa Police Department. “He started to struggle and scream for help and they just laughed. They didn’t call the police. They just laughed the whole time. He was just screaming… for someone to help him.”
The teens have been identified and questioned but likely will not face charges because they were not directly involved in the mans death. Police added that there appeared to be little remorse from the teens. On the video, the teens refer to the possibility of an alligator being in the pond and can be heard shouting to Dunn as he splashed in the water. “Get out the water, you gonna die” one teen shouted. Another yelled at Dunn, saying, “ain’t nobody fixing to help you, you dumb (expletive).”
Dunn could be heard yelling. Then his head disappeared beneath the water one last time. “Oh, he just died,” another teen says before laughter ensues. The teens then left the park without telling authorities. Detectives said of the teens, “There was no remorse, only a smirk.”
The States Attorney’s office issued a statement which read in part: “While the incident depicted on the recording does not give rise to sufficient evidence to support 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. Everybody is just horrified by this.”