Prosecutors Decide on Teens Who Taunted Drowning Man

State Attorney Phil Archer says no law forces you to help people
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 22, 2018 6:00 PM CDT
Pallbearers carry out a bright red casket at the funeral for Jamel Dunn, 31, at the Zion Orthodox Primitive Baptist Church Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Cocoa, Fla.   (Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via AP)
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(Newser) – Florida prosecutors say they aren't charging a group of teens who taunted a drowning disabled man and recorded his death, the AP reports. State Attorney Phil Archer released a statement Friday announcing his office's decision not to criminally charge four juveniles and one adult for failing to help 31-year-old Jamel Dunn at a Cocoa retention pond last July. Archer pointed out that no Florida law requires a person to provide emergency assistance under the facts of this case.

Such a law was proposed during this year's state legislative session but failed to pass. Dunn's death received international attention last year after a viral video showed the teens laughing at him as he drowned. Cocoa Police Chief Mike Cantaloupe initially said no laws were broken but said several days later a misdemeanor charge of failing to report a death might apply.

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