Walk the Walk
Who decides whether a suspect like Dominique Strauss-Kahn takes a "perp walk"?
Despite French objections, perp walks aren't disappearing anytime soon. Police love them. The media love them. And by the time any of the perp-walked suspects are proved innocent, everyone else has moved on.
Correction, May 19, 2011: This article incorrectly stated that Timothy McVeigh's perp walk lasted three hours. (Return to corrected sentence.)
Christopher Beam is a writer living in Beijing.
Photograph of Dominique Strauss-Kahn by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images.