Teens who mocked drowning man to face charges

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Charges will be brought against a group of five teenagers who filmed and abandoned a disabled Florida man drowning in a pond, authorities announced Friday.

As Jamel Dunn, 31, was drowning on July 7, the teenagers, aged 14-16, laughed and jeered, recording the incident. Dunn, a disabled man, eventually went under and did not resurface, prompting the teens to leave the scene. According to reports, no one contacted the authorities. Dunn’s body was discovered when the video was made public.

According to Cocoa Police Chief Michael Cantaloupe, the law does not require citizens to report they believe someone is dying. They are required to report to authorities if someone has died, however.

The teens will be formally charged for their role in Dunn’s death, but specific charges have not been detailed. Authorities say the charge will be a misdemeanor. (Scroll down for more.)

“It will be kind of a test case,” Cantaloupe said. “… As far as we know, the statute has never been used in this way.”

Cantaloupe said police are in the process of filing the appropriate paperwork with the state attorney’s office.

A media briefing regarding the drowning investigation can be viewed below.

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