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perp walk

1. noun The forced walking of an arrested suspect or alleged criminal through a public space so as to allow him or her to be photographed or recorded on video. ("Perp" being short for perpetrator.) The photographers crowded the courtroom steps, eager to get a shot of the billionaire con artist as he began his perp walk.
2. verb (sometimes hyphenated) To force an arrested suspect to perform such a public walk. Police officers perp walked the actor through the crowd after he was arrested for allegedly beating up a reporter.
See also: perp, walk
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The perp walk both publicizes the police's crime-fighting efforts and provides the press with a dramatic illustration to accompany stories about the arrest.
Yet the perp walk places the accused in both a physical and legal position that appears to belie that claim.
34) This, however, is rarely the situation now, and the perp walk has emerged in response to the changed social reality.
More recently, one particular perp walk demonstrated just how far police and law enforcement officers were prepared to go to advertise their efforts.
The perp walk was filmed by a television crew from Fox 5 News, and footage of the walk, along with excerpts from the videotape made by Eberhart [the tenant], was subsequently broadcast by Fox 5 News.
43) In addition to declaring the walk a violation of Lauro's Ninth Amendment protections, Judge Schwartz also held "that such a staged perp walk exacerbates the seizure of the arrestee unreasonably and therefore violates the Fourth Amendment.
It may be a press release concerning monthly productivity or a perp walk of the latest arrest in a well-publicized or notorious case.
This is not difficult to understand when we consider that it is customary for the media to broadcast repeatedly the perp walk of the accused before the disposition of the case.
3) Treadwell & Ruiz, (Perp)etuating Authority: A Dramatistic Analysis of The Perp Walk as Law Enforcement Drama, paper presented at the National Communication Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, Nov.