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.
— Greg Pallone (@gpallone13) July 21, 2017
A media briefing regarding the drowning investigation can be viewed below.
If you would like to receive Breaking News text alerts on a smartphone or tablet, download the DML APP which is completely FREE and easy to use. Go to the Google Play Store or the IOS App Store and search for DML APP. Be sure to keep the app’s notifications setting on. Another way to receive alerts is to text to 40404 the following message: follow @realdennislynch (be sure to put a space between the word follow and the @ symbol).
To see more stories like this, sign up below for Dennis Michael Lynch’s email newsletter.
Sign up to get breaking news alerts from Dennis Michael Lynch.
Girl is killed by stepfather after asking for dinner