Let’s talk about a police practice known as the perp walk. It’s the walk of shame for a suspected perpetrator of a crime, usually in a case that’s top of the headlines or soon will be. As police move the handcuffed prisoner from place to place both the public and the media are allowed to be on hand to shout accusations, take photos and videos of the suspected criminal and to ask loaded questions.
Perp walks are known as the crime reporter’s red carpet because police make it so easy, alerting reporters in advance about the time and place of the event so cameras can be at the ready. It’s like a preplanned scene out of a movie complete with uniformed officers, hand and sometimes leg cuffs and a suspect that is usually trying to hide their face in some dramatic fashion. [Read more…]