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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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 police often cooperate to ensure that perp walks occur.
There have been no further reports of perp walks being conducted by the NYPD since Lauro.
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:
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.