Posted: February 26th, 2023
In the criminal justice field, it is not uncommon for professionals to encounter ethical dilemmas: situations where there is more than one possible ethical action to take. Consider an officer who is questioning an addict on the street. Should the officer look the other way if the addict begins suffering withdrawal symptoms and wants to ingest a narcotic? The “ethics of duty” require the officer to prevent the drug use and make an arrest. However, the officer’s personal ethics might demand that he or she show compassion toward a suffering person.
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