This bill would prohibit law enforcement from bringing an arrested suspect in public for the purpose of staging a photo opportunity.
Int. No. 635
By Council Member Dromm
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting staged perp walks
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Chapter 1 of title 14 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 14-175 to read as follows:
§ 14-175 Perp walks. a. Definitions. As used in this section, the term “staged perp walk” means escorting an arrestee, defendant or suspect into a public place at a particular time or in a particular manner with the purpose of allowing the arrestee, defendant or suspect to be photographed or filmed for the benefit of the media.
b. It is unlawful to enable or conduct a staged perp walk.
c. Notwithstanding subdivision b of this section, nothing herein shall prevent any law enforcement officer from transporting an arrestee, defendant or suspect in the normal course of performing one’s duties and responsibilities.
§ 3. This local law takes effect immediately after it becomes law.