Video shows five teens laughing as disabled man Jamel Dunn drowns in Cocoa, Florida
32-year-old Dunn went missing on July 9, 2017, after getting into an argument with his fiancee
It was later discovered that five teens in a park recorded Dunn drowning in a pond located in Cocoa
The teens can be heard mocking Dunn as he screams for help
Brevard-Seminole State Attorney’s Office said the teens broke no laws as Florida does not have a “Good Samaritan” law
Police reported that the teens showed no remorse over their actions, or lack there of
A disturbing video shows five teens laughing and ridiculing disabled 32-year-old Jamel Dunn in Cocoa, Florida as he was drowning and screaming for help.
The video was recorded and posted to social media on July 9, but Dunn’s body was not discovered until July 12. The teens are said to be between 14 and 16-years-old. Instead of helping Dunn, or even just calling 911, the teens mocked him and continued to make jokes after he went under and did not resurface.
They Just Laughed The Whole Time
Yvonne Martinez, Cocoa Police Department spokesperson, stated that “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.”
Martinez said the teens were at the park smoking marijuana when the incident occurred. A family friend of one of the teens alerted the Cocoa Police Department after seeing the video online. Officers went to the teen’s homes to interview them and stated the teens were still smirking and showed no remorse.
Good Samaritan Law
At this time, it does not appear any of the teens will face any charges due to Florida’s lack of having a “Good Samaritan” law. Good Samaritan laws demand witnesses do something if they witness someone’s life in danger, which includes simply calling 911. A statement from the Brevard-Seminole State Attorney’s Office reads as follows:
While the incident depicted on the recording does not give rise to sufficient evidence to support a 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.
Dunn, who has a disability and walks with a cane, had got into an argument with his fiancee roughly 15 minutes before he drowned. The teens told police that Dunn walked into the pond on the west side of the pond as they watched from the south side.
After the argument, Dunn’s fiancee had to run some errands. She left Dunn in their driveway, but then began searching for him when she returned and could not find him. She figured due to his disability he could not have gone too far.
Dunn was later reported as a missing person. His body was already decomposing by the time it was found. Had the teens called 911, it could have saved Dunn’s life, or even just spared loved ones the grief of wondering where he was for days.
Despite the heinous actions of the teens, legally there are no laws that they violated, causing more anger over the situation. Instead of using a phone to call 911, they recorded Dunn drowning and mocked his screams for help until he died. Even after learning that Dunn drowned they still lack any remorse knowing that they could have saved his life.
A Go Fund Me campaign was started to help Dunn’s family with funeral expenses. The campaign has raised $24,780 of the $30,000 goal so far.