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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 ruling in Lauro may stop staged perp walks in the New York area, but it is unlikely that "the hallowed police rite" (118) will cease altogether.
A prime example of how the police stage perp walks can be found in the following press release, posted on the Connecticut State Police web site:
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.
The perp walk is boisterous, unruly, messy -- just like the work of preserving liberty itself.
says when covering court cases in Minnesota, which does not allow cameras in the courtroom, the perp walk is sometimes the only way to get a picture of a defendant.
His perp walk was the only access we had to get video of him," says Sylar, who adds that they did have a still photograph of the suspect but needed moving pictures.