Film Paper- Training Day

Topics: Categorical imperative, Deontological ethics, Immanuel Kant Pages: 3 (1072 words) Published: November 11, 2010
I watched the movie Training Day. This movie shows many examples of unmoral and unethical police work. Denzel Washington is a narcotics detective for the LAPD named Alonzo Harris. His methods of enforcing the law are very questionable during the film, if not corrupt. Harris’ job is to train rookie Jake Hoyt over a 24-hour period. Many Ethical dilemmas arise for Hoyt and this presents questions for him whether or not to follow along with Harris, and if his methodology for ridding the streets in South Central Los Angeles is right or wrong. As watching the movie we realize that there are a few theories that came up. Deontological and Teleological ethical systems as well as criminal/ moral culpability and hypothetical and categorical imperatives all were shown in this film.

When first meeting each other the first thing Alonzo does is ask Jake for a story about a stop he has made. Jake goes on to tell a story about a dangerous stop he and a training female officer made. Alonzo has seen so much in career that it doesn’t impress him one bit. So Alonzo changes the story around and asks Jake if he had and sexual relationship with the women. This is when Jake starts to think this is a little strange. This was the first time of them meeting and Alonzo was already trying to find out things about his corrupt side.

After breakfast the two get Alonzo’s low rider and hit the streets of South Central Los Angeles. They first spot a teenage girl dealing drugs in the park. And the stop the college student buyers and instead of arresting the buyers Alonzo takes the drugs and lets the students go. Jake would have done the opposite in this situation before. Before long Alonzo tells Jake he has to take a hit of this marijuana. But Jake doesn’t want to. Alonzo puts a gun to his head until he does. Alonzo says the failure to take the drug on the street could get him killed by a dealer. After smoking the marijuana Alonzo tells him that it was laced with PCP. This hypothetical question...
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