No Charges for Teens Who Laughed, Taunted, Didn't Help as Man Drowned

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Police said no charges will be brought against five teenage boys who laughed and taunted as they used a cell phone to record a man drowning and did nothing to help him themselves or get help for him. The teens, who were between 14 and 16 years old, can be heard on the video telling the man he was going to die and that they weren't going to help him, and at one point one of the teens laughs as he says the man is dead. No charges are being brought because Florida doesn't have a law that requires someone to help a person in distress or call for help for them. Cocoa Police Department spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez told CNN, "The family is frustrated . . . the detectives are frustrated, that we cannot hold anyone accountable for this." The body of the victim, 31-year-old Jamel Dunn, was finally recovered from the pond on July 14th, five days after he'd drowned and two days after a missing persons report had been filed, since the teens also didn't tell authorities afterward what had happened. Dunn's sister said she received the video of  her brother's drowning the day after his body was found and she posted it on Facebook. She said in a Facebook Live video, "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. Where's the morals?"

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