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Ethical Arguments in Criminology

Situation 3
There is an officer in your division who is known as a "rat" because he testified against his partner in a criminal trial and a civil suit. The partner evidently hit a handcuffed suspect in the head several times in anger and the man sustained brain injuries and is now a paraplegic. Although none of the officers you know support the excessive use of force, they also were appalled that this officer did not back up his partner's story. After all, punishing the officer wasn't going to make the victim any better. Now no one will ride with this guy, and no one responds to his calls for back-ups. There have been incidents such as a dead rat being found in his locker, and the extra uniform in his locker was set on fire. One day you are parking your car and see your buddies in the employee parking lot moving away from his car?they admit they just slashed his tires.

Each officer is being called into the Captain's office to state whether they know anything about this latest incident. Your turn is coming. What are you going to do?

What would you do in this situation? Explain your decision.

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Dear Student,
The second paragraph is my 'position' on the situation but the first paragraph is just as necessary to the position explaining 'sociologically' how an expert system like a law enforcement body becomes tragically flawed in perpetuating their duties even within. Take the second paragraph as your 'position solution', Good Luck!

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Police 'Fraternity'

An argument about police inefficiency & abuse of power including perpetuation of police brutality points to the institutionalized 'fraternization' or establishment of a particular 'in-or-out' 'Mafioso' attitude towards being one of the 'badge'. The case above perpetrates to this mentality and attitude which is quite familiar & not really surprising. When human beings come together and work together putting themselves in harm's way where they can only rely on each other, you get the kind of bonding that makes 'brothers and sisters', the kind that is familiar in films like 'Band of Brothers', of surviving, beating the odds while fighting for an ideal not only brought ...

Solution Summary

The solution is a concise argument taking a particular stand towards a sensitive issue in law enforcement & policing - that of whistle blowing & police corruption.

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