Cops: 5 Teens Laugh and Watch as Man Drowns

'Utterly inhumane,' says chief, but no charges will follow
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 21, 2017 7:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – Authorities in Florida say a group of teens watched and laughed as a man drowned in a retention pond earlier this month. Jamel Dunn drowned in the city of Cocoa on July 12, and police later discovered that the teens recorded the 31-year-old's death on video, per the AP. To hear the audio (it's disturbing), see Florida Today. The teens can be heard laughing at Dunn, telling him that he's going die and that they weren't going to help him.

Police interviewed the five teens, ages 14 to 16. Cocoa Police Chief Mike Cataloupe calls their actions "utterly inhumane and cruel," but says criminal charges won't be filed because state law doesn't require that people give or call for help when someone's in distress. Dunn's sister has created a GoFundMe campaign on behalf of her brother, who she said had a disability and required a cane for walking. (Read more drowning stories.)

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