Teens mock and film disabled man as he drowns in a pond


Florida police said a group of teenagers filmed the dying moments of a disabled man last week, with the teens cursing, laughing at and mocking the man as he drowned in a fenced-off pond.

Jamel Dunn, 32, drowned in a retention pond on July 9, and his body wasn't recovered until July 14. Shortly after, a friend of Dunn's found a video of the incident online and sent the footage to authorities in Brevard County.

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In footage of the incident published by the Florida Today newspaper on Thursday, teens -- ages 14 to 16 -- can be heard laughing off-camera as a man screamed in the distance, splashing futilely in the water as he called for help.


"Get out the water, you gonna die," one teen yelled in the minute-long video, while another yelled "ain't nobody fixing to help you, you dumb (expletive)." As Dunn submerges into the water, one of the teens said, "Oh, he just died."

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"They just laughed the whole time," Cocoa Police Department spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez told the newspaper. "He was just screaming ... for someone to help him."

The Brevard County State Attorney's Office called the incident a "tragedy" and said the teens had "no moral justification" for not acting while the man drowned and added that the teens are unlikely to face charges as their lack of action is not a violation of any laws.

Update: A GoFundMe has been set up to help cover Jamel Dunn's funeral expenses.