Statement from Chief Mike Cantaloupe on Drowning

Thursday, July 20, 2017 2:44 PM


On Friday, July 14th our officers responded to the southern pond at Bracco Park for a report of a body found floating close to the edge of the pond. The medical examiner determined the cause of death was drowning. The victim was identified as Jamel Dunn, 31, of Cocoa. Further investigation revealed a group of teens recorded video of the incident. The video was brought to our attention this past weekend. Our detectives reviewed the video. The five juveniles who recorded the incident were identified and interviewed. The State Attorney’s Office was consulted regarding what, if any criminal charges could be applied in this incident. As horrible as this video is the laws in the State of Florida do not obligate citizens to render aid or call someone to render aid to a person in distress. We are all affected by what was captured on the video. There are no words to describe how utterly inhumane and cruel the actions of these juveniles were towards Mr. Dunn.

I want to express my deepest condolences to the Mr. Dunn’s family and friends. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding his decision to enter the water that day, there is absolutely no justification for what the juveniles did. As law enforcement officers we are sworn to uphold and enforce the laws. Unfortunately there are no laws in Florida that apply to this scenario. Perhaps this case may be what’s needed to pass new laws. As chief of police there are times when I wish I could do more. But I’m a firm believer in that good will always win over evil. It may not come in our life time, but there will be justice.