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Ethics in Criminal Justice Administration Analysis
Trina C. Williams
CJA/484
October 30, 2014
Jay Sizemore
Ethics in Criminal Justice Administration Analysis

Criminal justice can be a difficult career to keep ethics involved; especially when ethical behavior is supposed to be the root of the organization. This profession has the ability to change the life of the accused as well at their family’s life. This responsibility should not be taken lightly. Some employees take this responsibility more seriously than others; even still, most of these employees are human. Police dogs are not humans, but they are trained by humans to follow orders. So even though police dogs generally have an unselfish and bias instinct, their handler’s feelings will persuade how they respond to certain people. Ethics and Professional Behavior

When defining ethical behavior, often the relationship between police officers and minorities comes to mind. There have been many incidents that have led to minorities feeling there is a lack of ethics being upheld in the police department (Glover, 2007). Recently Michael Brown lost his life as well as Travon martin; in both cases, the people taking the lives of these young men were white males. No wrong doing has been found in the case of Zimmerman who shot Martin, and Wilson who shot Brown will likely not see the inside of a cell. When citizens commit crimes, they can expect that they will usually be brought to justice and serve some form of a sentence. Citizens generally expect when a police officer commits a crime, the officer most likely will not see the inside of a cell unless the crime was against another officer. Citizens have come to expect a different standard of ethical behavior for police officers than the average citizen (CNN U.S., Febr).

Racial realities are not easily discussed in America; white Americans generally attempt to downplay the existence of racism while minorities live with racism on a daily basis. Police officers are mainly white males; some of these officers are member of white supremacy groups during their off time (Lewis, July). Being a part of a group that spreads hate against another group should not be allowed by any member of any police department no matter what race they are from. Being a police officer means the officer is sworn to protect and serve the people they come into contact with on a daily basis. Most white officers come into contact with black citizens on a daily basis; being a part of a supremacy group should be viewed as a conflict of interest and should also not be tolerated by the department. Police officers are supposed to act in an ethical and honest manner which is supposed to make them trustworthy to the public. When acting in an ethical manner is a part of the job description, many would assume that being a part of a group that is against any part of a group of people one is sworn to protect, this would be an unethical behavior (Lewis, July). Once an officer is found to have a membership into one of these groups, they either have to be let go or the department has to pretend to not know. If others find out about the involvement of the officer, many of their cases could be called into question. This type of publicity could be bad for the department; knowing this the police chief has to decide to acknowledge the membership and fire the officer or to ignore the membership and risk the officer’s judgment being clouded (Lewis, July). In the case of Zimmerman, this was a very unfortunate judgment call on behalf of the jury; however Zimmerman was not a law enforcement officer and his judgment was flawed like many other citizens may have been in that area. Although disregarding an order to not engage Martin; Zimmerman did not swear an oath to protect and serve. Police officers should be held to higher ethical standards because they have chosen this profession and ethics is a part of the position they have...
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