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Ethical Dilemma Worksheet
|What is the ethical issue or problem? Identify the issue succinctly. | | | |The ethical issues is deciding rather the officers should arrest the suspect and lie on the report. The officers believed the | |individual was driving under the influence. The felt he was a risk to himself and everyone else around him. The problem is before | |the law enforcement officer can make an arrest there has to be a clear sign of probable cause if an officer neglects to find | |probable cause before arresting the individual when the trial comes along, the case will be dismissed in court and the offender | |will walk away free. Also, the wife only states she was scared and called the police. According to "Domestic Assault | |Laws" (2013), “You can be charged with domestic assault for a range of actions, from threatening a spouse or girlfriend to | |attacking a family member with a deadly weapon. It isn’t necessary for you to injure the other person to be charged with domestic | |violence.” Domestic Assault / Domestic violence laws: The criminal charges and possible penalties in Texas). What should the moral| |agent do? | | | | | |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. | | | |Officer Rook and Officer Nixon arrive at the scene of a domestic abuse call. When the officers arrived the noticed a man stumbling| |to the front door of his home and dropping his car keys on the ground. The hood of the car was warm but the couple both say no one| |had been driving for hours. The officers did not actually observe the suspect driving the normal policy would be not to arrest the| |suspect for a DUI but despite policy the police officers decide to arrest the suspect anyway. Upon arriving back at the police | |station Officer Rook writes a truthful report concerning the night’s events and turned it in to the prosecutor. Later Officer | |Nixon took back the report and changes the part where Officer Rook had relayed that the officers had not actually seen the DUI | |suspect driving the car. The prosecutor who has previously reviewed the report noticed the discrepancy and the alterations that | |had been made by Nixon. | | | | | |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|Perspective (What does the claimant hope will happen?) | |(key actor) |claimant) |...
References: Domestic Assault Laws. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.mytexasdefenselawyer.com/texas-criminal-laws-penalties/domestic-assault-laws/
University of Phoenix. (na). Law Enforcement Scenario. Retrieved from University of Phoenix, CJA/324 website.
U.S. Constitution. (2010). Retrieved from http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_duep.html
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