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Perp walk

(US, informal) an arranged public appearance of a recently arrested criminal for the benefit of the media

the parading by police of a handcuffed arrested suspect for the benefit of media and bystanders
Word Origin

short for perpetrator walk
Usage Note

slang, now also used for arrested business executives

noun phrase

A public display of a criminal defendant by the police: an extended jaunt around the block, which is known as a perp parade/ The perp walk is a ritual, a vital part of New York’s criminal-justice system (1940s+)


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