Ethical Law Enforcement Essay

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Running Head: Ethical Law Enforcement 1

Ethical Law Enforcement
Marvin Sanchez
12/03/2014
CJA/324
Instructor: Charles Hughes

Incident Review

1. What is the ethical issue or problem? Identify the issue succinctly.
The moral agent of the story is about an intoxicated husband who the officers assume was driving and also a domestic violence call. The main issue is that the officers decided to give the husband a sobriety test and that was not supposed to happen since they didn’t see him driving the vehicle.
2. What are the most important facts? Which facts have the most bearing on the ethical decision presented? Include any important potential economic, social, or political pressures, and exclude inconsequential
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Guidelines based on the action itself
Alternative A
Alternative B
Should this alternative become a rule or policy that everyone in this situation should follow in similar situations in the future? (Kant)
Yes
Yes
Does this alternative result in using any person as a means to an end without consideration for his or her basic integrity? (Kant)
No
No
Is the intent of this action free from vested interest or ulterior motive? (Kant’s good will)
Yes
Yes
Does this alternative demonstrate a genuine concern for others affected by the decision, and is the moral agency responding to a perceived need?
Yes: concern for others and responding to a perceived need are implicated
Yes: concern for others and responding to a perceived need are implicated
Guidelines based on consequences
Alternative A
Alternative B
Is the good brought about by this alternative outweighed by the potential harm that might be done to others? (Mill’s harm principle)
Possibly
No
Is any harm brought about by anyone other than the moral agent? (causal harm)
No
Yes: the decision of panel
Will anyone be harmed who can be said to be defenseless? (paternalism)
Maybe: the moral agent's family
Maybe: incompetent officer’s family
To what degree is this alternative based on the moral agent’s own best interest? (ethical egoism)
Not based on the moral agent's own interests;
Not based on the moral agent's own interests; based on the best interests of the

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