A group of Florida teens refused to come to the aid of a disabled Florida man even after he called out for help. Instead, the teens decided to record themselves mocking the man in his last moments.
Jamel Dunn, 32, wandered into a pond in Cocoa, Florida on July 9 after getting into an argument with his girlfriend. Dunn, who usually walks with a cane, was unable to swim, and his head can be seen bobbing up and down just above the surface of the water.
Rather than try to save him, the teenagers can be heard calling him a “junkie,” telling him “you gonna die” and not bothering to call 911 even when his head sank below the surface for the final time. When that happened, one of them simply said, “Oh, he just died,” and left the park without notifying 911.
“He started to struggle and scream for help and they just laughed,” says Cocoa Police department spokesperson Yvonne Martinez, in comments made to local newspaper, Florida Today. “They didn’t call the police. They just laughed the whole time. he was just screaming…for someone to help him.”
His decomposed body was found in the lake three days later.
The teens are unlikely to face any charges as they were not directly involved in his drowning. However, their actions are unlikely to impress anyone, especially after reports that one of the teens simply smirked when being question by police.
“We can find no moral justification for either the behaviour of persons heard on the recording or the deliberate decision not to render aid to Mr. Dunn,” said the Florida State Attorney’s office in a statement to Florida Today.
“My brother is disabled and walks with a cane…please make it make sense to me,” says Simone Scott, the victim’s sister, to Florida Today. She said the teens were free not to help but should have at least called the authorities.
Since his death, Dunn’s sister has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for the costs of the funeral. He is survived by his two daughters aged 6 and 11 years old.