A 12-year-old girl was attending a middle school presentation about drunk driving when police showed photos of her own father’s dead and bloodied body as an apparent deterrent. The girl was, understandably, traumatized. Police claimed that they announced each person’s name before showing the pictures, but the young girl didn’t recognize her father’s formal first name and, additionally, didn’t even know that his death had involved alcohol.
“Why are we showing 12-year-olds mutilated dead bodies when they can’t even drive a car for four more years?” attorney Gregory P. Isaacs said Friday. “(The police) are good people with good intentions who have made a terrible, terrible mistake.”
The presentation, shown at the request of school officials, has been received well in the past, Knoxville Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said. It uses photos from drunken-driving crashes in Knox County.
[The girl’s father] was shown lying in a pool of blood with a crushed skull and mutilated face and torso, [her mother] said.