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Published on: July 8, 2011 11:09 AM
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AP File - Doing the perp walk, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (2nd R), head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), departs a New York Police Department precinct in New York late May 15, 2011. now Councilman Greenfield wants to ban those walks.New York - Everyone knows the Miranda warning - you have the right to remain silent, and so on and so forth. And now a city councilman thinks New York civilization is so benighted and backward as to require more.

David Greenfield of Brooklyn would minister to the sensibilities of criminal defendants by, in effect, adding the following: You have the right to be shielded from being photographed by the press while you are in police custody.

As high-minded claptrap goes, this is a doozy.

Outraged that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a very powerful, very prominent, very wealthy, very French criminal suspect, was photographed and videotaped in cuffs, Greenfield is proposing a law to ban the NYPD from “facilitating the public display of an individual arrested for a crime.”

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He seeks to ban the perp walk, seeming to believe the wildly fanciful notion that cops parade defendants before the media as if they’re on a Fashion Week catwalk. Actually, the typical occurence is benignly mundane:

Police arrest newsworthy individual. Police bring suspect to stationhouse in car. Press learns of arrest. Press assembles outside stationhouse. Police bring suspect out for transport to court. Press takes pictures there and as suspect is led into court.

The photos capture history. They do not punish. They record how punishment is meted out, or not. Entertainment value aside, the public should see and know.

Would Greenfield also bar courts from allowing cameras at arraignments? Would he have denied the public televised access to the Casey Anthony trial? After all, she was acquitted of murder. And what, exactly, would Greenfield have the NYPD do? Give suspects clown masks?

Our suspicion is that Strauss-Kahn was happy to appear as if he had been put through a wringer. If not, his lawyers did him a disservice. They should have used the great raincoat dodge invented by PR whiz Morty Matz.

Stand tall. Straighten your tie. Hang raincoat over handcuffs. Walk to your fate like a carefree country gentleman.



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 Jul 08, 2011 at 11:57 AM Sherree Says:

This is a ridiculous article and not worthy of the space it takes up. Every black suspect is allowed to cover their head with a hoody and puts their head down so they are NOT photographed. Everyone should be equally given the same privilege, whether they are given a newspaper or anything else to shield themselves from reporters if they so choose. If they don't care, they don't care. But they should be given the same rights as any BLACK rapist.

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 Jul 08, 2011 at 11:44 AM Moshe4753 Says:

thats stupid. there should be a perp walk. the public has the right to see the criminals accused of crimes, and it is also a parade to say thank you to the cops who did a good job catching the bad guy

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 Jul 08, 2011 at 11:19 AM right-of-center Says:

A person is innocent until proven guilty. How many defendents have been publically shamed and humiliated, only to be later found innocent at trial.

Councilman Greenfield, keep up your super performance.

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 Jul 08, 2011 at 02:05 PM Abraham Says:

Reply to #2  
Moshe4753 Says:

thats stupid. there should be a perp walk. the public has the right to see the criminals accused of crimes, and it is also a parade to say thank you to the cops who did a good job catching the bad guy

I the case of Straus Kahn, can you explain why he should go through this hell. The max he is guilty of is solisitation of a prostitute.

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 Jul 08, 2011 at 01:43 PM Anonymous Says:

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Moshe4753 Says:

thats stupid. there should be a perp walk. the public has the right to see the criminals accused of crimes, and it is also a parade to say thank you to the cops who did a good job catching the bad guy

I think your reply is not only stupid but insensitive to all inocent people charged wrongly with a crime.

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 Jul 08, 2011 at 01:03 PM Observation Says:

Reply to #1  
Sherree Says:

This is a ridiculous article and not worthy of the space it takes up. Every black suspect is allowed to cover their head with a hoody and puts their head down so they are NOT photographed. Everyone should be equally given the same privilege, whether they are given a newspaper or anything else to shield themselves from reporters if they so choose. If they don't care, they don't care. But they should be given the same rights as any BLACK rapist.

I agree. As to the question the DN asks; the answer is simple. Just like someone is assumed innocent until proven guilty and the newspapers must write "alleged"; just the same the newspapers should not be able to publish these pictures or they be sued for libel. The police can do their work; the paparazzi can too snap pictures but there it stops; you cannot publish them until the defendant is found guilty. It's Alef Beis; and I don't understand why the DN doesn't get it. Greenfield; keep up the good work; we're with you all the way.

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 Jul 08, 2011 at 02:43 PM Moshe4753 Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I think your reply is not only stupid but insensitive to all inocent people charged wrongly with a crime.

99 percent of them are guilty. stop whining.

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 Jul 08, 2011 at 02:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Of course the DN wants it, it sells papers. I may grant it to them if when the person is found guilty or charges dropped they put the story on the front page with big words we were mistaken.

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 Jul 08, 2011 at 05:16 PM Anonymous Says:

And why should those who are innocent or just accused have to be harrased in such a way. I say for the sake of those innocent don't do it to anybody. Once they are proven guilty put in the pictures
Mr Greenfield don't be intimidated by the DN.

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 Jul 08, 2011 at 05:28 PM hermanlox Says:

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Moshe4753 Says:

99 percent of them are guilty. stop whining.

Where do you take yours number from? Actually, the conviction rate in the US is about 75-85 percent. about 14 million people get arrested each year. that means that about 4-5 million get arrested for nothing. (numbers are approx but you get the picture)

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 Jul 08, 2011 at 06:44 PM esther Says:

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hermanlox Says:

Where do you take yours number from? Actually, the conviction rate in the US is about 75-85 percent. about 14 million people get arrested each year. that means that about 4-5 million get arrested for nothing. (numbers are approx but you get the picture)

it's not that they're arrested for nothing.it's because they either plea bargain or the DA decides not to press charges for numerous reasons,or once at trial,as in the casey anthony trial,the DA is unable to convince the jury of the defendant's guilt.

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 Jul 10, 2011 at 01:56 PM hermanlox Says:

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esther Says:

it's not that they're arrested for nothing.it's because they either plea bargain or the DA decides not to press charges for numerous reasons,or once at trial,as in the casey anthony trial,the DA is unable to convince the jury of the defendant's guilt.

So? If you want to nit pick about it, then my number doesn't include the one that are getting falsely convicted. the bottom line is that there are a too many which their dignity, reputation are getting destroyed by false claims/arrests. and it more then just 1%.

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