UPDATE: Cocoa Police Will File Misdemeanor Charges Against Teens In Drowning Man Video Incident
By Space Coast Daily // July 22, 2017
ABOVE VIDEO: Cocoa Police Chief Mike Cantaloupe Addresses The Media Friday Afternoon. Police have decided to charge the teens with a misdemeanor charge of failure to render aid. (WKMG Video)
**UPDATE** BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa Police Chief Mike Cantaloupe announced Friday afternoon that the police department will charge the teens in the drowning death of 31-year-old Jamel Dunn video with failure to render aid.
The charges will be sent over to the State Attorneys Office where it will be determined if the charges will proceed.
The charge will be a misdemeanor charge under Florida Statute 406.12.
The State Attorney’s Office released a statement shortly before Friday’s news conference:
“Our office is sensitive to the concerns of the Mr. Dunn’s family, the Cocoa Police Department, and our community at the deeply disturbing actions recorded on this video. We were asked to make a preliminary review of the video regarding any potential charges for failure to provide aid.
Unfortunately, there is currently no statute in Florida law that compels an individual to render, request or seek aid for a person in distress.
We are, however, continuing to research whether any other statute may apply to the facts of this case. We have requested that the Cocoa Police Department forward their complete case file to us upon completion of their investigation so that we can make a final determination.”
The decision on whether or not to proceed with the charges will be made in the next few weeks until the State Attorney’s Office makes it final decision.
The teens will not be arrested during that time.
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