Training Day

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1.Some people might argue -as Alonzo himself said- that Roger was a terrible drug dealer who sold drugs to kids, and that “the world is a better place without him.” Some might have no sympathy for him. Considering this, do you think it was OK for Alonzo to kill him and steal his money? 

I don’t think it was OK for Alonzo to kill Roger and steal his money. Although Roger was a terrible drug dealer who sold drugs to kids, he should be imprisoned by the power of law instead of being killed by Alonzo. Alonzo had no power to do so. Moreover, no matter how hard the situation is, we need to remember that we should not take the things which are not ours. However, to solve his own difficulties, Alonzo killed Roger and stole his money. It is inhuman.

2. Alonzo and Jake have very different styles of justice. Alonzo prefers “street justice” while Jake seems to think that police officers should follow the rules. Whose do you agree with?

I agree with Jake that police officers should follow the rules. The rules indicate clearly what we can do and what we can’t do. They are necessary to modify behaviors in order to maintain social orders.

3. Alonzo shoved a pen down a drug dealer's throat in order to find his drugs. Alonzo also used fake arrest warrants and numerous types of verbal threats such as “do you want to go to jail or do you want to go home”? To force people to do what he wants. If Jake followed all the rules, would he be as effective as Alonzo? Explain.

I think Jake would be more effective than Alonzo, if he followed all the rules. The essence of rules is to provide standards for people to follow. If we do not arrest the criminals and let them stay on the street, we couldn’t ensure that they would not commit a crime again. I think the serious punishments can deter the crime.

4. If Jake would have obeyed all of Alonzo's orders, he would have had: USD $250,000 in cash, a promotion to Detective, and a Medal of Valor. Shouldn't Jake have just did...
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