A group of legal experts is saying that the teenagers who posted up a video of a man drowning instead of helping him, are not going to be charged with anything because the law states that they are under no obligation to help.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in a 2012 legal argument, summarized that across the U.S. there’s no general duty to render aid to someone in distress.
‘You don’t have the duty to rescue someone if that person is in danger. The blind man is walking in front of a car and you do not have a duty to stop him absent some relation between you,’ Kennedy said in arguments on the Affordable Care Act, or ‘Obamacare.’
The Daily Mail reports:
Kennedy added that there are ‘some severe moral criticisms of that rule, but that’s generally the rule.’
The case in central Florida’s Brevard County involves the July 9 drowning of Jamel Dunn, 31, in a retention pond.
Police in the city of Cocoa discovered later that five teenagers, ages 14 to 16, had made a video of the drowning, which was published Friday by Florida Today .
The sickening footage was filmed just after noon on July 9 in Cocoa, Florida, when Jamel Dunn entered the water. Authorities said the teens warned Dunn, who walks with a cane, not to enter the water.
‘The kids were at the park that day smoking marijuana and apparently saw him walk into the water. He walked in on his own. They were watching him,’ said Yvonne Martinez, Cocoa Police Department spokesperson.
‘(The teens) were telling him they weren’t going in after him and that ‘you shouldn’t have gone in there,” the spokesperson said.
As the kids became aware that the man was drowning, no one offered to call the police.