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Heartless Teens Watch as Black Man Drowns and Video His Dying Screams



by G. Brown

A group of Cocoa Florida teens laughed and mocked a Black man as they stood by and watched him drown.  According to authorities, the teens not only ridiculed the man, but used their cell phone to video the entire tragedy.

Police say five teens, between the ages of 14 and 16 years , stood around laughing and recording for more than two minutes as 32 year old Jamel Dunn struggled for his life in a pond.  Dunn also suffered from an unspecified type of disability. One of the teen’s could be heard yelling “You gonna die“, another teen shouted “Ain’t nobody fixing to help you, you dumb ass“.  A spokesperson for the Cocoa Police Department says, “They just laughed the whole time…He was screaming for somebody to help him.” And since no one helped, the man could be seen on the video living his last seconds of life in terror…and then dying.

Police initially said there was nothing they could do in the tragic case, but as news of what happened spread so did outrage.  Police are now charging the teens under a state statue typically reserved for medical examiners who are obligated to notify authorities of a death.  Police admit the charges are “kind of a test case because the “statue has never been used in this way.”

The teens were all allegedly high from smoking weed.  No doubt that will figure into their defense saying they were young and not in their sober, right minds.  But once the high wore off, CNN quoted police as saying the teens still showed no remorse.  They were also “sober” enough to post the video on social media.  The state of their minds (sober or high) may not be the issue, but the state of their hearts are definitely called into question.  It’s hard to imagine that no matter how high or intoxicated you are, if saw someone who was struggling in a life or death situation pleading, begging you to help save their lives that the urgency of the situation wouldn’t sober you up a bit.  Then to walk away and not even report the death—someone cared about that man,  a sister, his children spent days, nights fretting for him when he didn’t come home or answer messages.

Everything about this case is heartbreaking and cruel.  What’s happened in society that we don’t even care about the well being of other humans.  There was a video on YouTube or social media a while back where a man was heralded as a hero because he was walking down the street and saw a cat fall into a water filled ditch or ravine.  The man came running into frame, crossed traffic and jumped in to successfully save the cat. He was dressed for work and didn’t hesitate to save an animal…a street cat that had no riches to pay him out of gratitude or even the ability to say thank you. That’s humanity. But apparently you have to be human to show it.

You can argue that the teens were young and didn’t know any better.  How old do you have to be to care about another person’s life?  Even if they couldn’t swim, they could have run to get help.

What do you think….are people over reacting by charging the teens?  Will the shame and memory of what they did serve as their punishment? Or are these teens and their heinous behavior a commentary on our society today?

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  1. childofthesixties

    July 26, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    They need to be charged! I have absolutely no sympathy for these young dope smoking punks, It leaves me wondering what would they have done, had they had a gun? My next thought is who raised this young trash? If there is such a thing as the devil, rest assured he is walking the face of this earth!

  2. steven

    July 26, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Think about it people, if the man could not swim then how did he get out in lake, there is more to this, perhaps he was pushed off the boat that the teen were on

  3. Denise Bryant

    July 26, 2017 at 3:36 am

    These sick, cruel, sociopathic jackasses should definitely be punished for this sick, cruel, uncaring, inhumane act. They say when young people purposely torture and harm animals, they have mental problems that also indicate future sociopathic behavior. I believe these young men definitely have some psychological issues that are dangerous to society and they should be stopped now before another human being is caused to suffer at their hands. God help them…

  4. Nyabinghi Djehutti

    July 25, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    People are born as animals and humanity must be cultivated. Unfortunately, there are are under-cultivated people who breed with reckless abandon. One can tell by the recorded conversation that these youth have a collective IQ of no more than 30 and come close to giving credibility to the philosophy of Margaret Sanger. *To be taken faceciously.

    Granted there are still a great many black people who have inherited the dysfunction and debilitating sociological effects of slavery through generations, as the shocking ignorance of these youth seem to illuminate. Still, there was a time when such sociopathic behavior among blacks was relatively rare. However, the increasing popularization of sociopathy in media, especially social media e.g. World Star…, has normalized dysfunction in the minds of vulnerable youth who too often do not have any alternative behavior available to emulate.

    Be it the media or the reality of their surroundings, generations of people are becoming ever more desensitized to death and suffering. In a society that officially justifies torture and killing as a legitimate means to an end, this incident and so many others like it is par for the course. Therefore, for this society to attempt to legislate humanity would only serve to fill jail cells and profit the prison industrial complex as we fail to make any institutional attempt to cultivate humanity with the same expenditure.

    It has become blatantly obvious that our primary societal concern should be the cultivation of human beings, with ALL other pursuits being secondary. Only then can we hope to live in a civilized society.

    • The Reel Network

      July 26, 2017 at 1:45 am

      Hi Nyabinghi Djehutti Thank you so much for your extremely well thought out and beautifully written post. You hit on so many crucial points. There are people who are desensitized by the media—which includes not just news but music, Youtube, social media and movies—that glorify criminal and violent lifestyles. It used to be when families failed to instill basic moral behavior in kids, we could at least depend on the schools, but public schools are more concerned about scoring well on National Standardized Tests than they are about molding minds. Not all teachers, educators and schools are failing, but what do we expect to happen when we’re more interested in building prisons that school. Thanks so much Nyabinghi Djehutti for giving us much to think about and hopefully aim to change.

  5. Shawn J.

    July 25, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    May God have mercy on those punks who did something as sickening as that! A bunch of animals!

    • The Reel Network

      July 26, 2017 at 1:34 am

      Hi Shawn J. It is as sickening as it is hard to believe that these teens did this. I can’t fathom not doing something to help. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with us…we appreciate your insight.

  6. Hidaya

    July 25, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Charge ’em. They stood there, filmed, and posted! They need to learn better while they are still young enough!

    • The Reel Network

      July 26, 2017 at 1:32 am

      Hi Hidaya Thanks so much for your comments. I think you hit the nail directly on the head—help them to learn better while they are still young enough to learn better.

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