A group of Florida teens thought it was funny to record a man drowning to death, but the last laugh is on them.
Their story went viral last week after video showed the five unidentified teens laughing at, and mocking a disabled man after he went into the water and couldn’t swim. When the man finally went under, they were heard laughing about him dying, and the worst part is they left without ever notifying a soul, much less police.
The video later surfaced, and justifiably so, people were outraged. However, what was even more enraging was the fact that authorities said they couldn’t be charged under Florida law.
Well, that’s since changed.
“That video is disturbing,” Cocoa Police Chief Mike Cantaloupe said during a Friday press conference. “I don’t even know if I can think of words to describe it.”
Disturbing, indeed. Not only did the teens allow a man to die for absolutely no good reason, but they then showed zero remorse as they were questioned by police.
“I want to think that’s a natural instinct for any of us, that if we saw somebody in trouble or somebody having an issue, that we would at least try to get them help,” Cantaloupe added.
Now, after massive public outcry, police have found a way to charge the teens for their actions, TheBlaze reported.
But police said they’ll pursue a misdemeanor charge of failure to report a death under Florida Statute 406.12 — and whether the charges stick or not will be up to the State Attorney’s Office.
“It’s our belief that this law has never been enforced in a scenario like this, but we feel it could be applicable,” Cantaloupe said, adding that “what it comes down to is it’s a moral issue.”
“There is absolutely no justification for what the teens did,” he added. “Pursuing criminal charges is a way to hold them accountable for their own actions.”
Granted, it’s merely a misdemeanor charge, but something is better than nothing.
In the aftermath of the teens’ morally bankrupt behavior, the Chief said he’s going to meet with state legislators to craft a law that would compel people to act if they see someone in distress. While it won’t help the poor man who died, it could save a life in the future.
“I think that would be the huge win, I think that would be justice,” he told the station. “We don’t want another family to go through what the Dunn family has gone through.”
For those unaware, here’s more about the video from TheBlaze:
On the clip the teens — who’ve been interviewed by police but haven’t been identified — can be heard giggling and taunting Dunn who struggled to keep his head above water.
Here’s some of what they yelled at him:
“You a f***in’ junkie!”
“Get out the water, you gonna die!”
“We not gonna help your ass!”
“Ain’t nobody’s gonna to help you, you dumb bitch! You shouldn’t of got in there!”
At one point Dunn was clearly heard crying out before his head went under the water — and that was the moment the teens seemed to enjoy most, as they responded with laughter and more mocking commentary.
“He just died!” one said amid cackling.
“This man ain’t getting back up,” one said soon after.
“Yeah, he dead, but he gone,” another noted. “RIP.”
There’s no words to describe how depraved this was.