No charges for teens who mocked man who was drowning


No charges for teens who mocked man who was drowning

COCOA, Fla.

Five Florida teenagers will not be prosecuted after they videotaped and mocked a disabled man as he drowned and didn’t help.

Prosecutors told Florida Today the teens could not be prosecuted because there is no state law that requires a bystander to help or get assistance for someone who is in danger.

The teens spotted 31-year-old Jamel Dunn struggling in a pond last July, but instead of helping, they videotaped him and then posted it online. In the video, the teens are heard laughing and yelling at Dunn, telling him that he is going to drown and that they are not going to help him. They call him “dumb.”

Zimbabwe leader calls assassination attempt ‘cowardly act’

HARARE, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s president was unscathed Saturday by an explosion at a campaign rally that state media called an attempt to assassinate him, later visiting his two injured vice presidents and declaring the “cowardly act” will not disrupt next month’s historic elections.

Dramatic footage showed a smiling President Emmerson Mnangagwa walking off the stage and into a crowded tent where the blast occurred seconds later, sending up smoke as people screamed and ran for cover.

At least eight people were injured, the state-run Herald newspaper reported. Vice President Kembo Mohadi had leg injuries, while Constantino Chiwenga, a second vice president and the former military commander, had bruises on his face, the report said.

1 dead after attack at huge rally for Ethiopia’s new PM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia

A thwarted attempt to hurl a grenade at Ethiopia’s reformist new prime minister led to a deadly explosion Saturday at a massive rally in support of sweeping changes in Africa’s second most populous country. Nine police officials were arrested, state media reported.

Witnesses said a man tried to throw the grenade at the stage as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed waved to the cheering crowd of tens of thousands shortly after he made a strong appeal for unity after months of anti-government demonstrations.

Addressing the nation minutes after he was rushed to safety, Abiy called the blast a “well-orchestrated attack” but one that failed. He did not lay blame and said police were investigating. At least one person was killed and 155 people were hurt, nine critically, Health Minister Amir Aman said.

Israelis, Palestinians await William’s inaugural royal visit

JERUSALEM

Prince William is set to arrive in Israel and the Palestinian territories this week for the first official visit of a member of the British royal family, ending the monarchy’s decades-long mostly hands-off approach to one of the world’s most sensitive regions.

Though the trip is being billed as nonpolitical, and places a special emphasis on technology and joint Israeli-Arab projects, the Duke of Cambridge will also be meeting with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders and visiting landmark Jerusalem sites at the heart of the century-old conflict.

The prince kicks off his Middle East visit today in Jordan where he will meet refugees from the civil war in neighboring Syria and tour the famous archaeological site at Jerash, where his wife, the former Catherine Middleton, once visited when her family lived in Jordan.

On Monday, he will arrive in Israel and stay in Jerusalem’s King David Hotel, the elegant British-era edifice. From there he will visit coastal Tel Aviv, Israel’s financial and cultural capital, and Ramallah in the West Bank, seat of the Palestinian autonomy government.

Associated Press

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