Perp Walk

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Perp Walk

Informal; the practice of the police allowing the media to photograph or tape a recently arrested suspect. Some disagree with this practice as it may allow the suspect to be convicted in public opinion before the trial. On the other hand, police do it in order to assure the public that they are doing their job. Perp walks may affect business; for example, if the police parade a recently arrested CEO of a company, it may negatively impact a company's stock price.
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Synopsis: "The Perp Walk" is author Jim Ray Daniels' latest collection of linked stories, that collectively maps out the emotional capitals and potholes of coming of age in a blue-collar town in the Great Lakes State,--though it could be any state where people work hard, play hard, and aren't paid nearly enough for their efforts.
Critique: An inherently engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking read from beginning to end, Jim Ray Daniels "The Perp Walk" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to personal reading lists, as well as both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections.
As Carlos Conde of Human Rights Watch wrote, 'If Albayalde is really serious about transforming the Philippine National Police into an organization that will 'observe due process,' he needs to do a lot more than just end 'perp walks.' He needs to stop his police officers from gunning down drug suspects and passing these summary executions off as justified because the suspects allegedly 'fought back.''
at 57, 72 (arguing that "perp walks" often violate prosecutor's ethical duties).
(3) They have also used the notorious "perp walk" as a form of communication and have been known to leak confidential information.
The cresting wave of corporate scandals and the journalistic betrayals of Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass were only the most publicized cases in "an epidemic of cheating." Yet for all the perp walks, firings, fines, and suspensions, "[T]here's been very little effort to connect all these dots and see them for what they represent: a profound moral crisis that reflects deep economic and social problems in American society."
Some top executives with criminal responsibility for cooking the books--at Adelphia Communications and WorldCom, for example--did well-publicized perp walks. Others, like Salomon Smith Barney (now part of Citigroup) analyst Jack Grubman, who abetted the US telecom boom and bust in underhanded ways, have been forced to pay millions in civil penalties.
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.' The media get the pictures they need for the evening news and the morning paper.
The "perp walk" has been defined as "the act of placing an accused in a position or location in which the news media can capture their image and/or ask questions of the accused." (33) Perp walks are common, and they are a natural outgrowth of the symbiotic relationship between police and other law enforcement agencies and the news media.
* The legality of so-called "perp walks," in which criminal suspects are brought to court in jail coveralls to be photographed by the media during routine court proceedings.
Questions raised about whether 'perp walks' and 'ride-alongs' are constitutional
Because of suspect reasoning by a federal judge, the "perp walk" is on its last legs in New York City.