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Ethics of Police Brutality

You are a member of a recently formed committee to deal with numerous complaints against police and correction officers in your town and are asked to determine if there is merit to these allegations and develop a protocol to address the current problem and prevent these practices from occurring in the future. The allegations are a vast amount that focuses on brutality toward citizens and inmates. There are signs that the entire police and correctional system is suffering of corruption activity, specifically from supervisory and upper-management positions. You have witnesses of police attacks on ten their loved one with bruised bodies from the attacks suffered in the different prisons.

When the committee is provided the report that was produced through the interviewing of all inmates through the correctional system, an overwhelming 90% of inmates declared they were brutally battered for such reasons as not eating lunch under their 30-second rule or the way the inmate walked, which many inmates stated that correction officers would make it clear to them that they were walking like girls and needed an old fashion whooping.

When the committee took a comprehensive look at police complaints, they were provided pictures that were sent in by citizens that presented police officers using weapons in their assaults of young teenagers that were alleged gang members. There was some audio provided to you and the committee of the voices of police officers speaking to the police chief about a specific crime-ridden area, in which they were instructed to make an example of anyone suspicious walking after 11:00 p.m.

Be sure to use at least one of the theories on ethics in your proposal. Your proposal should include an analysis, a causal explanation(s) of the ethical dilemmas, and methods for reducing the current and future corruption.

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The general overview of the corrupt practices being practiced under this correctional regime is unethical and illegal in nature. The ethical principal that may be used by those using these tactics could be one of retribution or utilitarianism wherein the perpetrators of these actions believe that they are doing the better good by signaling out who they believe are criminals and stopping them from possessing an opportunity to commit criminal offenses while in prison. In addition the offenders may believe that they are issuing out retributive justice for all the alleged victims of the criminals that are incarcerated. Therefore, these criminals may be engaging in this criminality in some flawed attempt at issuing ...

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The solution discusses the ethics of police brutality.