New York mayor defends 'perp walk' of IMF chief

By REUTERS
May 18, 2011 02:19

NEW YORK- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his city's police for parading a handcuffed Dominique Strauss-Kahn before the media after some French politicians voiced outrage over the IMF chief's "perp walk."

The International Monetary Fund managing director, considered a front-runner for the French presidency, was arrested over the weekend and charged with attempting to rape a hotel maid in New York.

Police transporting him from a jail cell to the courthouse walked him briefly in front of a battery of cameras on Sunday night with his hands cuffed behind the back.

"I think it is humiliating, but if you don't want to do the perp walk, don't do the crime," Bloomberg told reporters in the state capital, Albany, on Tuesday.


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