You should include principles that you have learned so far in this course. Be sure to provide adequate information to support your answer.Note to the student: You are being graded on your demonstration of reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical abilities in applying what you are learning about ethical issues in the professions. If you use your text or outside sources of information, please provide in-text citations and references using APA or MLA formatting.
Working in the criminal justice system, every decision requires balancing concerns such as prosecuting the guilty, respecting the rights of the accused, protecting victims, and creating a safe community. In this scenario, you are a police detective, and, along with your partner, you handle the majority of homicide cases in your town.A woman in your city was seen walking alone at night and was later found brutally raped, beaten and left for dead. She is now in a coma. Earlier that evening, a gang of young men was seen in the area, assaulting and threatening passersby. The responding officers picked up two members of the gang, 14 years of age, near the location of the crime after they fled questioning by the police.Your partner has just finished interviewing both of the suspects in separate interrogation rooms. Both youths have records for robbery and assault. While entitled to having their parents present, no significant effort was made to find them. While it is department policy to videotape important interviews, your partner did not tape either interview.Your partner comes to your desk and tells you that they both have confessed to the attack. When you ask your partner about the missing parents and the lack of videotape, he says,” don’t worry about it.” They are both guilty as sin. We can close the case.” You are fairly certain that your partner probably crossed the line on his interview, which is why he conducted the interview alone.However, you are convinced that they are both guilty. What are you going to do? The criminal investigation has been underway for several months and has received a great deal of publicity. The case has risen to national prominence as an example of how todays youth no longer respects fundamental social values, television and video game violence has desensitized young men to the consequences of crimes such as assault and rape, and as a demonstration of the inability of the police to keep the streets safe for law-abiding citizens.A conviction will certainly vindicate the police and district attorneys office handling of the crime. The victim still lies in a coma…Options:
Option #1 Challenge your partner about what happened in the interview room.
Your partner says that he did cross the line and intentionally avoided bringing the parents to make it easier to frighten both suspects, but he is absolutely convinced that they are guilty – you accept this. Both suspects are arrested and bound over for trial. Bail is denied.Option #2 Complete the paperwork documenting the confessions.
Both suspects are arrested and bound over for trial. Bail is denied.Option #3 Report the incident to your supervisor.
The supervisor tells you to trust your partner…go to trial. Both suspects are arrested and bound over for trial. Bail is denied.Option #4 Report the incident to the district attorney.The district attorney declines to press charges without further evidence. The juveniles are released. They flee the jurisdiction and are never found.Different principles that can be incorporated into this essay would be Deontological ethics, Utilitarianism, Ethical and legal standards, Virtue ethics
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