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Ethical Dilemma Worksheet
1. What is the ethical issue or problem? Identify the issue succinctly. The husband could be taken into custody by the officers for the domestic altercation. The husband could be taken into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol since the officers have tested and observed the problem.
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 facts. There was only one vehicle parked on the street and was still warm. The car belongs to the couples. The wife informed the officers that she had not driven the car all day. She told the officers that her husband drove the car four hours ago. The officers follow the husband to the door, and the keys fell out of his pocket. The officers perform an alcoholic test on the husband, and he fails it. The officers are responding to a domestic call.
3. Identify each claimant (key actor) who has an interest in the outcome of this ethical issue. From the perspective of the moral agent—the individual contemplating an ethical course of action—what obligation is owed to the claimant? Why? Claimant
Obligation (owed to the claimant)
Perspective (What does the claimant hope will happen?)
The officers will leave his residence and not make an arrest.
She does not want to deal with the officers and does not want her husband to get arrested.
He wants the honest truth about the situation. He does not want any false information. He wants to make an arrest so that the problem can be solved. His job is to serve and protect the people.
He wants the honest truth about the situation. He does not want any false information. He wants to make an arrest so that the problem can be solved.
There was a woman crying that regarded to a domestic issue that might have needed the police service or help with situation.
4. What are two alternatives for the scenario? One alternative can be a wild card that you ordinarily may not consider an option because of potential implications. Both should be within free will and control of the same moral agent. Alternative A
The officers can give the woman and her husband a warning for the first time. If they are called to their home a second time for the same issue the officers can make an arrest. The officers can get a statement from the wife and her husband individually to investigate the problem. 5. Respond to the following questions based on your developed alternatives.
What are the best- and worst-case scenarios if you choose this alternative? Best case: The officers will never have to get a call from their home again.
Worst case: If the officers receive another call from the wife and the husband, the altercation could lead to someone being physically hurt.
Best case: The wife confess to the officers the actual truth about what exactly happened.
Worst case: The husband is taken into custody.
Will anyone be harmed if this alternative is chosen? If so, how will they be harmed? Consider families and derivative effects. The wife refused to inform the officers about the truth. The husband can become more aggressive toward his wife for getting the law involved. The husband could have caused a major wreck destroying anything while driving impaired.
If the wife would have stuck with telling the truth, the husband would have been arrested. When he got released from jail he can target his wife for getting the law involved and having him arrested. Would honoring an idea or value—such as personal,...
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