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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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Yet the perp walk places the accused in both a physical and legal position that appears to belie that claim.
But despite the tension that often exists between the media and the police, the perp walk provides common ground: "Journalists and law enforcement officers don't agree about a lot of things, but they both benefit from 'perp walks.
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.
Although a perp walk commonly occurs before any judicial determination that a suspect has actually committed the crime for which he was arrested or even that there is enough evidence to justify a trial, a suspect in handcuffs being led into a station house is a powerful image of guilt.
It was a sun-roasted Southern California Sunday afternoon for the annual perp walk known as the red carpet arrival area for the Emmys, the ``We Try Harder'' award show for the Avis of entertainment media, television.
Lately, all they've seen is chief executives doing the perp walk.
During his seven-year tenure as a federal prosecutor, Christie became infamous for his perp walks, parading dozens of corrupt politicians in front of the cameras to show off his tough-on-crime credentials.
Some of us, especially those of younger generations, have grown jaded after all the perp walks of the "business leaders" of Adelphia, Tyco, Enron, and other unceremonious ousters.
Perp walks are a powerful deterrent, particularly when the previously untouchables begin to feel metal bracelets around their wrists.
They've seen the perp walks, but the broader story of change isn't getting out to the general population.
25 /PRNewswire/ -- With a sea of satellite trucks perpetually parked outside the halls of justice, and as celebrities like Michael Jackson and Robert Blake redefine the nature of performance and perp walks, the Los Angeles Press Club will gather four experts on covering sensational cases for "OPENING THE DOOR: CELEBRITY TRIALS," to be held at 7:30 p.
Argiento countered that Ramery habitually missed work, and when on duty would ogle female prisoners during perp walks.