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‘Violence makes violence.’ Anosognosia and A Clockwork Orange in Florida

2017/07/20

‘Public opinion engineers have a way of changing depraved indifference’

Update: Teens who laughed as man drowned will face charges (Maybe)

Cocoa Police Chief Mike Cantaloupe said Friday that he will seek misdemeanor charges under a statute related to not reporting a death, news station WPLG reported. The recommended charges will be given to the Florida State Attorney’s Office, which will determine whether to prosecute the teens. [Jackie Salo via New York Post, 21 July 2017]

Teens filmed, mocked and laughed while man slowly drowned

The degree of objective reality of an idea is the same as the degree of formal reality the object of the idea would have if it existed. — René Descartes

Authorities in Florida say that a group of teenagers recorded the drowning of a disabled man last week — and did nothing to help as they made fun of his struggles.

Jamel Dunn, 32, of Cocoa, drowned in a retention pond July 9. His body was recovered July 14, two days after his fiancee reported him missing. Late last week, a friend of Dunn’s family came across the video on social media and forwarded it to authorities in Brevard County.

In the video, which was published by the Florida Today newspaper Thursday, the teens can be heard laughing at Dunn as he splashes futilely in the water and screams for help.

“Get out the water, you gonna die,” yells one, while another yells, “ain’t nobody fixing to help you, you dumb (expletive).” As Dunn disappears under the water, one of the teens says, “Oh, he just died.”

Investigators say none of the teens — all between 14 and 16 years old — called 911 to report Dunn’s drowning or tried to help the man.

“They just laughed the whole time,” Cocoa Police Department spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez told Florida Today. “He was just screaming … for someone to help him.”

Police said the teens were identified and questioned by detectives, but it’s unlikely they will face charges, since they were not directly involved in Dunn’s death.

The Brevard County State Attorney’s Office called the video a “tragedy” and said the teens had “no moral justification” for not attempting to help Dunn.

20 July 2017
Fox News – Florida (edited)


“It’s a stinking world because there’s no law and order anymore! It’s a stinking world because it lets the young get on to the old, like you done. Oh, it’s no world for an old man any longer. What sort of a world is it at all? Men on the moon, and men spinning around the earth, and there’s not no attention paid to earthly law and order no more.”

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Those who choose to have their opinions installed or reinforced by people who can’t even get basic facts about the physical world correct probably aren’t interested in adapting their views to objective reality.

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