Florida Teens Laugh in Video as Disabled Man Drowns

Screenshot of Jamel Dunn

On July 9, a disabled man named Jamel Dunn, 32, went missing after an argument with his fiance. She reported him missing on July 12, and his decomposed body was recovered on July 14. He had drowned in a retention pond in Brevard County, Florida. What makes it a unique situation was that a family friend found a video on social media that showed him drowning as he screamed for help- and a group of Florida teens laughed and taunted him while it happened. They didn’t bother to even call 911.

“Yeah b—- you shoulda never got in there!”

“Get out the water, you gonna die”

“Let him drown, what the heck.”

“Ain’t nobody fixing to help you, you dumb (expletive).”

“Oh, he just died.”

You can hear them laughing through the entire video, even though Mr. Dunn cried out for someone to help. One of the teens, when interviewed by police with his mother present, just sat staring straight ahead with no remorse whatsoever, “just a smirk.” His mother, on the other hand, cried.

Warning: Disturbing video

“We are deeply saddened and shocked at both the manner in which Mr. Dunn lost his life and the actions of the witnesses to this tragedy. While the incident depicted on the recording does not give rise to sufficient evidence to support criminal prosecution under Florida statutes, we can find no moral justification for either the behavior of persons heard on the recording or the deliberate decision not to render aid to Mr. Dunn.” State Attorney Phil Archer

Jamel Dunn walked with a cane, and entered the water on his own. But family and friends are upset that there are no laws on the books in Florida to charge these teens with something.

No charges, but maybe…

According to NBC, Cocoa Police Department is looking into charging the teens under a little used statute that requires people to report a death to the medical examiner. Florida Statute 406 states in part:

It is the duty of any person in the district where a death occurs, including all municipalities and unincorporated and federal areas, who becomes aware of the death of any person occurring under the circumstances described in s. 406.11 to report such death and circumstances forthwith to the district medical examiner. Any person who knowingly fails or refuses to report such death and circumstances…shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree…”

Police are hoping that being charged with a criminal offense will bring some accountability to the teens.

The video craze

James Mattis once said that “Powerpoint makes us stupid.”

So do cell phones and their videos. People stand around taking videos instead of helping. People have been beaten senseless, drowned, killed, from idiots who just stand there and do nothing. It’s a sad commentary on the modern age.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children


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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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