Shocking news out of Florida today, as police are reporting that five teens watched, laughed, and recorded footage on their cell phones while a man lost his life drowning in a retention pond.
Police say 32-year-old Jamel Dunn entered the pond near his mother’s house for unknown reasons following a family argument.
Now, his sister, Simone McIntosh, wants the teens who watched Jamel drown to be charged in connection with his death.
"You’re a f–king junkie!" shouted one of the teens in a disturbing video they shot themselves.
"Ain’t nobody fitting to help you, b-tch," laughed another.
Toward the end of the video, the teens collapse into hysterical laughter.
"He died!" they’re heard to remark at one point, adding, "He ain’t coming back up."
"You b-tch, you shouldn’t have gotten in there," one teen commented, seemingly upon realizing that Dunn had died.
Astonishingly, the teens laugh harder after one of the group points out that they just watched a man drown and "could’ve helped him."
The identities of the teens who shot the appalling footage have not been released.
Cocoa Police Department spokesperson Yvonne Martinez says that prosecutors have thoroughly reviewed of the case, and it seems unlikely that the teens will face any criminal charges.
"There wasn’t anything criminal we could charge them with," Martinez told the press, adding that authorities had initially hoped to charge the teens with "some sort of negligence that could contribute to manslaughter."
[The teens] weren’t directly involved. They didn’t push him into the water, they didn’t coerce him into the water," Martinez said, noting that unlike other states, Florida does not have a Good Samaritan law that would’ve required the teens to intervene.
Members of the Cocoa, Florida community have expressed outrage, but Martinez says that the teens are protected by the law.
"Obviously it’s a tragic incident and that there are people like that in this world," Martinez said.
"Unfortunately there’s not a lot we can do about it."
Echoing the sentiments of many in her community, McIntosh has taken to social media to express her bewilderment.
"How could you witness someone die & not be charged w/anything?" she wrote on Facebook yesterday, while sharing the shocking video of her brother’s death.