iStock/Thinkstock(COCOA, Fla.) — Five teenagers won’t face criminal charges after they recorded video of a man’s drowning and didn’t intervene, a Florida police chief said.

The video, taken earlier this month in Cocoa, Florida, about 45 miles east of Orlando, shows a person’s head bobbing up and down in a pond. The unidentified teenagers are laughing and joking in the video, with one of them appearing to laugh and say, “He just died!”

Cocoa Police Chief Mike Cantaloupe said in a statement Thursday that the police department learned of the recording last weekend and reviewed it. Police identified and interviewed the five teens, he said.

Police have not named the juveniles.

“The State Attorney’s Office was consulted regarding what, if any criminal charges could be applied in this incident,” Cantaloupe said, adding, “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.”

The victim, 31-year-old Jamel Dunn of Cocoa, died of drowning, the medical examiner ruled, police said, adding that they recovered his body July 14.

“There are no words to describe how utterly inhumane and cruel the actions of these juveniles were towards Mr. Dunn,” Cantaloupe said. “I want to express my deepest condolences to Mr. Dunn’s family and friends.”

Cantaloupe added, “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.”

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STEPHEN MATUREN/AFP/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — The attorney representing both the fiancé and family of the Australian bride-to-be who was fatally shot by a Minneapolis Police Department officer on Saturday says “the family wants justice in its largest sense.”

Justine Ruszczyk, 40, who went by her fiancé’s last name, Damond, was killed by a police officer on July 15 after she called 911 to report what she believed was a sexual assault occurring near her home.

“I think Justine is the last person you’d expect to be killed by police,” Robert Bennett, the attorney representing Justine Damond’s family and fiancé, Don Damond, told ABC News.

“Of the cases that I’ve been involved in over the years she doesn’t fit any of the patterns,” Bennett, who represented the family of Philando Castile, a black man who was fatally shot by Minnesota police in July 2016, said. “Her life’s intersection with the police is totally bizarre.”

Authorities said officers Matthew Harrity and Mohammed Noor responded to Justine Damond’s 911 call, but never found a suspect. They were startled by a loud noise and then Justine Damond approached the driver’s side of the car and Noor, who was on the passenger side, fired his gun through the open driver’s side window, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Harrity’s attorney, Fred Bruno, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that it was “certainly reasonable” for the police officers to assume they could be the target of an ambush.

Bennett said that the idea that Justine Damond could have been thought of as a threat is “patently, utterly, ridiculous.”

“If that’s the excuse they want to use to shoot people, I guess they can use any excuse they want, we’re all in danger,” the attorney said.

Bennett also called it “inexplicable” that there was no video or audio from the officer’s body cameras, a sentiment echoed by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, who told ABC News earlier this week that a “key question” for investigators was why the officer’s body cameras were not turned on when Justine Damond was shot and killed.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said in a news conference Thursday that Justine Damond “didn’t have to die.” She added that Mohamed Noor, the officer who shot Justine Damond, has not made any statement to investigators.

Bennett said the “strangest part of the case,” was that “someone so good, so peaceful, so pacifistic, gets shot by a police officer in her pajamas, in her ally, in a good neighborhood in south Minneapolis.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — The father and sister of Ron Goldman said they found the decision to grant O.J. Simpson parole “very disappointing.”

“It was shocking,” Kim Goldman, sister of Ron Goldman, said Friday on ABC News’ Good Morning America about a Nevada parole board’s granting Simpson parole for a 2007 botched robbery. “I think I expected that [Simpson] was going to come in with a script– ‘I did these crimes, I’m so sorry, I’m remorseful, I know that there was a gun in the room.'”

Kim Goldman and Ron’s father, Fred Goldman, spoke to GMA Friday about their reactions to the Thursday hearing and Simpson’s comments to the parole board.

“I thought he was going to follow what I thought was going to be a very strategic plan for the day and then he went off-script,” Kim Goldman said. “He became exactly who he normally is, and I started to panic a little and obviously like everybody else we watched them unanimously willing to release him and it was very disappointing.”

The Goldmans said Thursday on GMA that they do not expect to ever see justice for the 1994 killing of their family member, Ron Goldman.

Simpson is expected to be released as early as Oct. 1.

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ABC News(LOVELOCK, Nev.) — O.J. Simpson is now in protective custody at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, having been moved to a separate part of the prison and removed from the general population, according to Nevada Department of Corrections spokesperson Brooke Keast.

Keast confirmed to ABC News Friday that the former football star has been removed from the general prison population as a precautionary measure, due to his notoriety and the attention given his parole hearing Thursday.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — Hundreds of people gathered Thursday night at the Minneapolis site of Justine Damond’s fatal shooting, where they held a vigil before marching to a nearby park to continue their remembrance of the Australian expatriate.

Damond, 40, called 911 on July 15 to report a suspected sexual assault outside her home. Once two officers — identified as Matthew Harrity and Mohamed Noor — arrived at the house, she approached the driver’s side of the squad car, just after Harrity heard a loud sound near the car, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Noor, who was sitting in the passenger seat, then fired his weapon through the open driver’s side window, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said.

Damond was pronounced dead at the scene.

A large crowd gathered outside Damond’s home, including Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile, an African-American man who was shot and killed by a police officer one year ago, according to ABC affiliate KSTP-TV.

The crowd stood silently and hugged each other, while one speaker said, “We gather here before you in our heartbreak, in our longing for healing.”

After congregating at the home Damond shared with her fiance Don Damond, the crowd marched to Beard’s Plaissance Park on Lake Harriet. Along the way, marchers stopped traffic at some intersections for several minutes, KSTP reported.

One female march participant told KSTP, “I wanted to participate in a peaceful march against what’s not right. I would definitely call a friend or a neighbor before I would call the police now.”

While many in the crowd spoke about seeking justice, they tempered their message with that of peace and love.

“She lived a life where she would be right here with us,” said Sharon Sebring, Don Damond’s mother. “I would be serving no purpose if I spoke on behalf of the family with hate or anger, because our mission is to serve her purpose.”

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ABC News(CARSON CITY, Nev.) — O.J. Simpson’s defense attorney Malcolm LaVergne quipped with his client during Simpson’s parole hearing Thursday at the start of the closing remarks.

When asked by the judge to begin their last remarks, LaVergne mentioned that he had an undated letter from Simpson to Las Vegas Assemblyman Ozzie Fumo.

When LaVergne couldn’t find the letter, he looked at Simpson and asked in front of the commissioners, “Did you take the the letter?”

“I can’t find it now,” LaVergne said.

LaVergne then read the letter to the board, estimating it to have been written within the last nine months. In the letter, Simpson congratulated Fumo for his new position as a state legislator.

LaVergne then argued to the board that Simpson’s letter didn’t ask for special treatment or an early release, but instead showed how Simpson wants to help other inmates have “a better life.”

Simpson, 70, faced a parole board on Thursday after nine years in prison for committing robbery in Las Vegas.

In 2007, he was arrested after he led a group of men into a hotel and casino to steal sports memorabilia at gunpoint, contending it belonged to him.

During the hearing, Simpson said he takes “full responsibility” for his actions.

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Ben185/iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — Bodycam footage allegedly shows a Baltimore police officer tampering with evidence by planting what appears to be drugs, according to the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.

The video was taken on January 24 when three police officers were searching for drugs in a yard filled with debris, Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Jason Johnson said in a press release Wednesday.

The footage purports to show one of the officers hiding a bag of drugs in a can and then later “finding” the drugs, while two other officers “look on and take no action,” the public defender’s office said in a press release.

The officers were doing surveillance in the area when they observed an individual in jeans and a hooded sweatshirt engage in behavior that was “likely to be a drug transaction” when he went into and alley and later emerged, Johnson said. The officers also observed another individual step into the alley and emerge before getting into a blue car and driving away.

Police say they later stopped the individual who got in the car, and he turned in gel capsules of what police believed to be heroin. Another officer arrested the man in the hooded sweatshirt in a convenience store, and found him to be in possession of marijuana and gel capsules of suspected heroin, Johnson said.

Officers then went to the debris-filled yard where they were led to believe more heroin was stashed, after receiving information from the man involved in the traffic stop, Johnson said. While searching the yard, the officers found a bag of 25 pills of suspected heroin that was knotted at the top, indicating that there may be another stash — in a bag that was not knotted — where the drug dealer could more easily retrieve the drugs, Johnson said.

During the press conference, Johnson showed reporters four separate videos, which he said “depict the incident in greater totality.” The first and second videos showed the traffic stop of the person who drove away, while the third video showed the man in the hooded sweatshirt, who police believe to be the drug dealer, being arrested at the convenience store. The fourth video showed the extensive search of the yard filled with debris.

The last video “sort of depicts what seems to be the discovery of a second bag of heroin, but in the early part of the video, it’s clear that that bag had actually been placed there by the police officer,” Johnson said.

“I think it’s fair to say the video purports to be the first discovery of that second bag containing heroin, but it’s clear that, in fact, is not the first discovery of that particular bag,” Johnson said. “And, of course, that’s the video that we have all seen.”

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said investigators are looking into the “possibility” that the officers “replaced drugs that they had already discovered in order to document their discovery with their body-worn cameras on.”

No conclusions have been reached, Davis said, calling the allegations made by the public defender’s office “as serious as it gets.”

“If people need to be held accountable, they will be held accountable,” Davis said.

In a statement, Melba Saunders, director of communications for the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, the prosecutor’s office “immediately took the proper steps” to dismiss the case once the suspect’s defense attorney raised concerns about the body cam footage.

“Upon notification of this troubling footage, our office immediately implemented established protocols to not only refer this matter to the internal affairs division of the Baltimore Police Department but began identifying active cases involving these officers,” Saunders said.

The video has no sound for the portion where the evidence was allegedly planted, which suggests the sound was turned on shortly afterward, the public defender’s office said.

“Body cameras have an important role to play in the oversight and accountability of police officers but only if they are used properly and the footage is taken seriously,” said Debbie Katz Levi, head of the Baltimore Public Defender’s Special Litigation Section. “Officers should not be able to decide when to turn the cameras on and off, and footage like what was presented here needs to result in immediate action by the State’s Attorney and the Police Department.”

The suspected drug seizures from the two individuals resulted in at least one criminal arrest, the public defender’s office said. An assistant public defender who is representing the person facing drug charges in the incident forwarded the bodycam video to the state attorney’s office last week, the public defender’s office said.

The public defender’s office said that while the prosecutor’s office dropped the charges in the case, the officers involved are still witnesses in other active cases that are currently being pursued for prosecution in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

The officer who the public defender’s office says planted the drugs is a witness in about 53 active cases, the public defender’s office said.

“Officer misconduct has been a pervasive issue at the Baltimore Police Department, which is exacerbated by the lack of accountability.” Levi said. “We have long supported the use of police body cameras to help identify police misconduct, but such footage is meaningless if prosecutors continue to rely on these officers, especially if they do so without disclosing their bad acts.”

One of the three officers has been suspended and the other two police officers are on non-public contact police administrative duty, David said.

The Baltimore City Office of the State’s Attorney did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment. ABC News could not immediately reach the officer allegedly shown tampering with evidence in the video. It is unclear if he has retained an attorney.

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carlballou/iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — Speaking publicly for the first time since the deadly officer-involved shooting, Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said Thursday the killing of Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk didn’t need to happen.

The 40-year-old “didn’t have to die,” Harteau said of the July 15 shooting incident.

The Minneapolis Police Department squad cars are adorned with the lines, “To protect with courage” and “To serve with compassion,” Harteau said.

“This did not happen,” she added Thursday evening. “It goes against who we are as a department, how we train and our expectations for our officers.”

Harteau said the incident was the result of the “actions and judgment of one individual and that she believes the body cams should have been activated.”

The department had only had the body cameras for eight months, so it was “not second nature” for them, she said.

Harteau faced criticism for her notable absence in the days following Ruszczyk’s death, but she told reporters Thursday that she was in a remote area, “backpacking in the mountains,” which made it difficult for her to return. She was scheduled to return on Aug. 1, she said.

Harteau said she also spoke to Ruszczyk’s fiance, Don Damond, and the two had a “positive conversation” on how to move things forward.

On Wednesday, the Minneapolis Police Department released transcripts from Ruszczyk’s Saturday’s 911 call, detailing what she believed was a sexual assault occurring near her home in Minneapolis’ Fulton neighborhood.

“I can hear someone out the back and I — I’m not sure if she’s having sex or being raped,” Ruszczyk tells the 911 operator, according to the transcript released by police.

Once two officers — identified as Matthew Harrity and Mohamed Noor — arrived at Ruszczyk’s home, she approached the driver’s side of the squad car, just after Harrity heard a loud sound near the car, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Noor, who was sitting in the passenger seat, then fired his weapon through the open driver’s side window, the DPS said. Ruszczyk was pronounced dead at the scene.

Noor has not made any statements to investigators, Harteau said.

“I would prefer Officer Noor speak,” she said.

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ABC News(CARSON CITY, Nev.) — O.J. Simpson, who was granted parole Thursday after nearlynine years in prison for a Las Vegas robbery, will soon be a free man.

The imprisoned former NFL player could be released from Lovelock Correctional Facility in Nevada as early as Oct. 1.

Here’s what we know about what his life may be like going forward.

The rest of his time in prison should continue as usual, an official said Thursday, and officials will work on developing his release plan.

Simpson, 70, is requesting to live in Florida, where he has family as his support system, officials said today.

Simpson quipped to the parole board Thursday, “Stay in Nevada? I don’t think you guys want me here.”

Simpson told the commissioners that he’s missed 36 birthdays with his children while behind bars and missed their college graduations, and if he was to be paroled, he said he wants to spend as much time as he can with his family.

Simpson’s eldest daughter, Arnelle Simpson, spoke at the parole hearing, appearing emotional and telling the board the family wants him home so they can move forward.

Officials said Thursday if Florida denies Simpson’s request, officials in Nevada would work with him to develop a different suitable plan.

Simpson was sentenced to prison following an arrest in 2007 during a botched robbery in Las Vegas, when he led a group of men into a hotel and casino to steal sports memorabilia at gunpoint. He contended the memorabilia and other personal items belonged to him.

Simpson delivered a rambling account of the case to the parole board, maintaining that he didn’t intend to steal but “wish this would have never happened.”

More than 20 years ago, Simpson went on trial for the killing of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. The two were found on June 12, 1994, stabbed to death at her Los Angeles home. On Oct. 3, 1995, at the end of a televised trial that captivated the nation, Simpson was acquitted of all criminal charges. He has always maintained his innocence.

Hours before the parole hearing, Ron Goldman’s father, Fred Goldman, told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, “What’s troubling to me is not only him, but the whole system gives second chances to violent felons or, for that matter, anyone in jail. … Ron doesn’t get a second chance.

“Ron never gets to spend his life doing what he wanted to do,” Fred Goldman continued. “We’ll never get to share his life, and the killer will walk free and get to do whatever he wants.”

Fred Goldman said the parole board should take into account that Simpson was found liable for the killings in the 1997 civil trial.

“I think his whole history of violence, ignoring the law, no respect for the law, no remorse for virtually anything he’s ever done is an indication of who he is as a person,” Fred Goldman said. “I don’t think there’s any reason to think that he’s going to be a decent human being in society. I think he’s proved otherwise.”

Added Ron Goldman’s sister, Kim Goldman, “We lived our life with [Simpson] walking the streets and sharing the same roads that we did.”

“With him being locked up in Lovelock, it’s been a chance for us to kind of reclaim some control over our life and have some glimpse of sanity,” she said. “I’m preparing myself for that to be changing come October.”

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Credit: Bucks County D.A.’s Office(BENSALEM, Pa.) — One of the suspects charged in the slayings of four young men in southeastern Pennsylvania had at least 40 prior encounters with local police in recent years, officials said.

Police in Bensalem Township said they have had contact with Cosmo DiNardo 40 times since 2011 when he was 14 years old. But that total includes inconsequential contacts such as when DiNardo happened to be at his family’s home when the burglary alarm went off, according to Fred Harran, director of public safety with the Bensalem Township Police Department.

“We document everything,” Harran told ABC News in a telephone interview Thursday.

The majority of the police contacts with the now 20-year-old DiNardo, a Bensalem resident, involved calls about: concerns over his mental health, domestic incidents, DiNardo’s alleged improper riding of an ATV, and traffic citations. Other police contacts with DiNardo included when there was a report of a suspicious vehicle and disturbance at his high school and DiNardo, who was allegedly behaving in a loud and disorderly manner on school grounds, was asked to leave, according to Harran.

But none of these prior encounters resulted in any arrests of DiNardo, police said.

DiNardo’s first arrest came Monday, July 10, the same day that authorities investigating the disappearances of four young men executed a search warrant at a vast Solebury Township property owned by DiNardo’s parents.

DiNardo was arrested that day on a charge stemming from illegally possessing a shotgun and ammunition back in February. The following day, July 11, he was named a person of interest in connection with the men’s disappearances but was released from jail after meeting bail.

The day after that, July 12, DiNardo, facing accusations that he had taken the car of one of the missing men, Thomas Meo, was taken back into custody.

Subsequently both DiNardo and Sean Kratz, 20, of Philadelphia, who was also arrested, were charged with criminal homicide in the July 7 deaths of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown Township, Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township, and Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg.

Investigators found the bodies of the three men Wednesday in a roughly 12-foot-deep grave on a sprawling property in Solebury Township owned by DiNardo’s parents, according to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.

DiNardo is also accused of killing Jimi Tar Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township, on July 5, and burying him in a single grave elsewhere on the same property.

Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

According to court documents obtained by ABC News, DiNardo told detectives he used a backhoe to dig both graves.

Patrick went missing July 5, while Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis all disappeared July 7. All four men were shot and each victim has been positively identified. Their family members have been briefed on details of the case, according to the district attorney’s office.

Court documents show DiNardo and Kratz also face multiple counts of conspiracy, robbery and abuse of a corpse.

DiNardo and Kratz have each provided statements to investigators, and DiNardo has described Kratz as his cousin, according to the district attorney’s office.

At a July 14 news conference, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said he made an “agreement” with DiNardo that allowed investigators to locate Patrick’s body, which was buried as far as a half-mile away from where the three other bodies were found. The agreement includes not seeking the death penalty, Weintraub said.

When asked about a motive, Weintraub told reporters, “I don’t know that, and I’m not sure we’ll ever know.”

DiNardo and Kratz were arraigned July 14 before Magisterial District Judge Maggie Snow of Buckingham Township. Neither were able to post bail. They are scheduled for a July 31 preliminary hearing before Snow.

Harran also said there was no way to have known from DiNardo’s prior contacts with law enforcement that he would later be accused of horrific murders.

The public safety director added, however, that the police department had not been aware of DiNardo’s prior, court-ordered mental health treatment.

“The lack of coordination on mental health is a problem in this country,” Harran told ABC News.

“There’s no database to tell us he was 302’d,” he added, using a Pennsylvania legal term for court-ordered mental health treatment. “There are [others] walking all over the streets. I’ve got six more like him.”

In hindsight, Harran said, “Maybe [DiNardo] should have been in for a little bit longer than he was in for, as far as mental health.”

Regardless, Harran said it’s crucial for law enforcement to be made aware when someone they’ve received calls about repeatedly is evaluated for potential psychiatric issues. In DiNardo’s case, Harran said there were clues that “the guy’s got problems” but police did not know enough to realize he may later be charged with killing.

“There’s a gap,” Harran told ABC News. “And we’re always the ones holding the bag. We’re out here dealing with people. People are always afraid of information police are going to learn about them. It’s not like we open up a phone book and start running people. We don’t have time for that. We only look at it when we need it.”

One of DiNardo’s defense attorneys, Paul Lang, told reporters last week that DiNardo confessed to killing the four men and gave authorities the location of the bodies.

The motive for the killings will come out in time, the lawyer said.

DiNardo felt “deep remorse” and is “very emotional,” Lang told ABC News.

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