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Florida prosecutors will not pursue charges against teens who mocked, recorded disabled man’s drowning

June 24, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Florida prosecutors will not pursue charges against teens who mocked, recorded disabled man’s drowning

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Florida prosecutors will not pursue charges against teens in the drowning of disabled man Jamel Dunn  

Florida prosecutors announced they will not pursue charges against a group of teens who taunted a drowning disabled man and recorded his death.

State Attorney Phil Archer released a statement Friday announcing his office’s decision not to criminally charge four juveniles and one adult for failing to help 31-year-old Jamel Dunn at a Cocoa retention pond last July.

Archer pointed out that no Florida law requires a person to provide emergency assistance under the facts of this case.

According to the New York Post, such a law was proposed during this year’s state legislative session but failed to pass.

Dunn’s death received international attention last year after a viral video showed the teens laughing at him as he drowned.

Cocoa Police Chief Mike Cantaloupe initially said no laws were broken but said several days later a misdemeanor charge of failing to report a death might apply.

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