Video shows teens heckling, laughing at drowning Cocoa man
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jul 23, 2017,
Jul 23, 2017, 0:31
Police said that the teens at the scene were identified and questioned, but since they did not commit any crime were released and authorities did not reveal their names.
Kennedy added that there are "some severe moral criticisms of that rule, but that's generally the rule". "The state attorney advises it doesn't meet standard for a criminal charge".
No attempt was made to help the drowning man.
"We don't want another family have to go through what the Dunn family has went through", he said.
In the clip, the teens can be heard in the video heckling Dunn as he fights to stay above the water.
"Get out the water, you're gonna die", says one of the teenagers, speaking off camera.
"Ain't nobody finna help you, you dumb bitch", another shouts. "You shouldn't have got in there". When Dunn disappears under the water, a teen is heard saying, "Oh, he just died" before they burst out laughing. The kids laughed. "He keeps putting his head under", another boy said.
After the outcry, Archer's office and the police circled back on a statute that came up in the initial discussion.
"Yeah, he dead, but he gone", another noted. It would be two more days before police found his "badly decomposed" body in the pond after a family member identified Dunn from the video that had already started circulating online.
"It's a drowning. That's the cause of death", she said.
There was nary a hint of sorrow or regret from the teen boys.
The Cocoa Police Department called the video "disturbing", but the Brevard County State Attorney's Office said the teens can not be prosecuted under state law, notes FLORIDA TODAY.
While previously a group of teenagers were facing no #Charges for taking a video of them mocking and laughing while a man drowned in a Cocoa Beach pond, it seems they are not so lucky.
Authorities said there was "no moral justification" for the behavior of the teens.
"Why didn't you call for help?" asked McIntosh. Dunn then walked into the water.
The Washington Post reports that Dunn was at the pond after he had a falling out with his fiancée.
They had been smoking marijuana in the park, according to a Cocoa Police Department spokesperson. He walked in on his own.
"If they can sit there and watch somebody die in front of their eyes, imagine what they're going to do when they get older".
About a minute into the video, the man appears to let out a whimper before submerging, fully, underwater.
"He started to struggle and scream for help and they just laughed", said Yvonne Martinez, Cocoa Police Department spokeswoman. "Everybody is just horrified by this".