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Jamel Dunn, 32, drowned in a Cocoa, Florida pond on July 9. According to the outlet, as he was struggling to get out of the water and calling for help a group of teens whose ages ranged from 14 to 16 recorded and taunted him yelling things like “Get out the water, Yo,” and “You shouldn’t have gone in.”

According to Yvonne Martinez, a spokesperson for the Cocoa Police Department, the teens did nothing to help Dunn. A video of the encounter, which was approximately 2 minutes, was later posted on social media and discovered by authorities.

On Friday, Cocoa City Mayor Henry Parrish III shared that the teens may face first-degree misdemeanor charges for their failure to tell authorities about Dunn’s death, writes the outlet. “What we’ve all witnessed here does not represent the citizens of our community,” said Mayor Parrish in a statement, according to the source. “This is an isolated act of unspeakable inhumanity and in no way is a reflection of our community.

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