When the Demarees family held a news conference a couple of weeks ago to announce they were suing Arizona, the Arizona Attorney General, the City of Peoria and Wal-Mart because their children were taken from them for a month after a Wal-Mart photo lab turned over nude photos of their three young daughters, most people who heard the story, sided with the family. It seemed like another case of the "police acting stupidly."
However, once you read the entire report, the police don't appear that stupid.
The media reports of the situation gave the impression the pictures were simply of their three daughters in the bathtub during a family vacation. Their attorney did say some genitalia was visible, but then you would expect that in a bathub picture.
Under the category, things are not always what they appear to be, the Peoria, Arizona police has now released their case report on the Demarees. From the report.
The next photo shows the youngest child and one of the two older girls, lying on the floor on top of the pink towel (#7). Both girls are facing away from the camera, with the youngest child on her knees and elbows, exposing her anus and buttocks to the camera. She has her legs spread apart and is exposing her buttocks and vagina to the camera. Neither of the girls has any clothing on. The photo is taken from a distance of about four to five feet.
Mike Tellef, Media Relations Officer for the Peoria Police and Fire Departments said they released the report to local media but only KFYI.com posted the report on their website.
It is a 57-page report which describes the pictures and also video taken from the home in explicit detail. The report is another reminder that jumping to a conclusion based on one side of a story, is never a good idea. You can judge for yourself.
Download DemareesReport (pdf)