Perp Walk

A slang term describing the police action of parading an arrested suspect in handcuffs before the media.

Short for “perpetrator walk,” this is a practice with which many people disagree, considering these re-staged arrests to be merely media spectacles that violate the suspects’ rights. Both former head of Adelphia, 78-year-old John Rigas, and ex-WorldCom CFO Scott Sullivan turned themselves in when they were being investigated. Despite their requests, law enforcement still invited the media to watch the former executives being handcuffed and hauled in.