Police Recommend Charges Against Teens In Drowning Death

Michele Moreno
July 23, 2017

"We're not gonna help your (expletive)". The teens can be heard laughing at Dunn, telling him he's going die and they weren't going to help him.

According to Florida Today, the teens did not report the drowning to police.

The video (see below) captures the 32 year old man's final moments while he desperately screams for help, while in the background teens can be heard laughing at the man.

The group of teens taunted the man as he flailed in the water, saying he should not have gotten in the water and warning that they were not going to help him.

Cocoa Police Chief Michael Cantaloupe said Friday he will recommend the state attorney prosecute the teens under a statute that requires a person with knowledge of a death to notify a medical examiner.

Dunn's fiancee had filed a missing persons report after Dunn did not come home.

A friend of Dunn's saw the video on social media and turned it into police. They were not directly involved in Dunn's drowning, and good Samaritan laws - which typically involve protections for bystanders helping on the scene of an emergency - don't apply to the case, police said.

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.

Family members have created a GoFundMe page for Dunn to pay for his funeral expenses. The ages 14 to 16-year-olds watch him struggle and ultimately fall under the water.

The drowning seems to stem from an argument Dunn got into with his mother on July 8 that led to his fiancée being asked to leave the house. "You shouldn't have got in there", one of the boys says.

Police have identified and spoke to the five unidentified teens who stood and watched Dunn drown.

The five teens did nothing to help him, not even to call 911. "They were watching him", Martinez said.

"I've never seen anything like that in my entire career, and it's disturbing", said Cocoa Police Department spokesperson Yvonne Martinez. "Everybody is just horrified by this".

Cantaloupe said the teenagers' parents were "very disturbed" and some of the teens did show remorse. Dunn's death has prompted law enforcement officials to demand that state leaders revise a law related to the failure to render aid.

The teens were eventually identified by police. Police are not releasing that video to the media because of the ongoing investigation, he added.

Simone Scott, Dunn's sister, said her brother was disabled and walked with a cane, and wouldn't have been physically able to help himself.

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