Just when you think there is hope for society, something like this happens.
Jamel Dunn, who according to his family is disabled, was seen walking into a body of water and started to drown.
A group of teens — ages 14 to 16 — witnessed the whole thing. But rather than doing something to help the man, they started recording the incident on their phone.
The clip depicts the unidentified teens … off-camera, laughing as the man screamed off in the distance for help before going under in the murky water just after noon July 9 off Plaza Parkway. There were no calls to 911 from the teens.
Instead, police later found the badly decomposed body of the man — identified as Jamel Dunn — July 12. Police said Dunn, who was heavily tattooed, was last seen wearing a black shirt emblazoned with the phrase ‘I’m Blessed,’ and a red hat that read “Only God can judge me,” drowned.
Foul play was not suspected. His fiancée filed a missing person report after he failed to turn up at home in Cocoa. Then, after the body was found last Friday, a family friend saw the video on social media and turned it over to police. The cell phone video then gave detectives insight into what happened the day Dunn disappeared.
“(The teens) were telling him they weren’t going in after him and that ‘you shouldn’t have gone in there,’” said Cocoa Police Department spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez.
“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.”
The teens involved were identified and questioned by authorities, however they most likely won’t face any charges because they were not directly engaged.
If you’re thinking what about ‘Good Samaritan’ laws, there are none that apply in this case, according to police.
While detectives interviewed them there seemed to be very little remorse from the teens.
On the video, the teens refer to the possibility of an alligator being in the pond and can be heard shouting to Dunn as he splashed in the water.
“Get out the water, you gonna die” one teen shouted. Another yelled, “ain’t nobody fixing to help you, you dumb (expletive).”
Seconds later, Dunn could be heard yelling. Then his head disappeared beneath the water one last time.
“Oh, he just died,” another teen says before laughter ensues. The teens then left the park without telling authorities.
According to official police reports, Dunn and his fiancée arrived at the pond following an argument about 10-15 minutes before the drowning. Then Dunn’s fiancée left the scene to run some errands.
“The kids were at the park that day smoking marijuana and apparently saw him walk into the water. He walked in on his own. They were watching him,” Martinez said.
Dunn waded into the water from the west side as the teens watched from the south side of the pond.
“They just started recording what happened and watched until he died,” Martinez said.
“Everybody is just horrified by this.”
Jontavius Scott who is a family friend said the disabled man deserved better.
“He was a good guy… ,” he said. “It’s just tough to know that these kids would sit and laugh at something like this.”
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