22 July 2017

Incomprehensiby callous

"Jamel Dunn, 32, drowned on July 9 in Cocoa, Fla., a coastal city east of Orlando. The teenagers, aged 14 to 16, filmed the incident as they laughed and mocked Dunn, then posted the video to social media...

“He started to struggle and scream for help and they just laughed. They didn’t call the police. They just laughed the whole time. He was just screaming … for someone to help him...

The teens were identified and questioned by detectives investigating the case, but they are unlikely to face charges. 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."
Police said there appeared to be little regret from the teens involved during and after the incident

“There was no remorse, only a smirk.”
Video embedded at the Washington Post does not depict the drowning, but does include an audio of the teens' taunting.

9 comments:

  1. Horrific.

    (and, *incomprehensibly so....)

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  2. It occurred to me that if they cannot be charged with a crime, perhaps it would at least be a suitable punishment to mention their names, so they can live with the reproach that they deserve for letting a man die with such callous disregard.

    Further, perhaps we can be on the lookout so that when these boys turn out to be the cold-hearted criminals they seems destined to be, we can get them locked up and out of society at the earliest possible moment.

    I hope, though, that they are now feeling the weight and the remorse of their actions. But I'm afraid I doubt that they are....

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    1. Indeed. On other forums I've said that, because they're not charged with a crime, there shouldn't be any reason they cannot be identified:

      ... the newspaper can title the article, "Teens Release Poignant Video," and describe in gushing detail the backgrounds of these budding Fellinis. And include photographs, of course.

      Lurker111

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    2. You're asking to dox these kids, however horrible what they did was, and it was horrible, you're basically calling for a lynch mob and that's scary.

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    3. Relevant science fiction story -

      http://tccwrite.blogspot.com/2010/10/public-hating-lesson-in-execution.html

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    4. @Old Hawk Bill: You have a point.

      However, if I were living next to a sociopath, or my daughter were dating one, I would like to know it.

      Granted, there are some serious ethical issues here.

      Lurker111

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    5. Having worked with adolescents officially classified as "Extremely Emotionally Disturbed & Socially Maladjusted," I can assure you that children/adults who act like sociopaths were almost always raised and/or treated in a manner which would induce such (mis)behavior in just about anyone...

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  3. From today's news... http://nypost.com/2017/07/24/i-f-king-killed-my-sister-teen-live-streams-fatal-car-crash/

    Is social media changing people or just shining a spotlight on the coldest of us?

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    1. @smittypap - I wonder that every day.

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