A minimum of 1,200 words (total assignment) and three scholarly sources. Scholarly sources does not count towards word count.
1. Body cameras have been proposed as a solution to police abuse of authority. Identify the potential advantages of body cameras as well as the drawbacks. If you were stopped by a police officer for a traffic offense would you want to be videotaped? What if you were involved in a domestic violence incident and police were called; would you want the scene to be videotaped? Should police officers have the discretion to turn the camera off when they believe there is an invasion of privacy whether or not the person involved thinks so?
2. There is an officer in your division known as a “rat” because he testified against his partner in a criminal trial and a civil suit. The partner evidently hit a handcuffed suspect in the head several times in anger, and the man sustained brain injuries and is now a paraplegic. Although none of the officers you know supports the excessive use of force, they are also appalled that this officer did not back up his partner’s testimony that the suspect continued to struggle, in an attempt to justify his use of force. After all, punishing the officer wasn’t going to make the victim any better. Now no one will ride with this guy, and no one responds to his calls for backup. There have been incidents such as a dead rat being placed in his locker, and the extra uniform in his locker was set on fire. One day you are parking your car and see your buddies in the employee parking lot moving away from his car; they admit they just slashed his tires. Each officer is being called into the captain’s office to state whether he or she knows anything about this latest incident. Your turn is coming. What are you going to do?
3. Evaluate how the conflict and consensus paradigms would interpret the following: decriminalization of marijuana for medical purposes, stem cell research, passage of hate crime legislation, prohibiting the use of race in admissions procedures in universities and in competitions for state scholarships, and laws prohibiting racial profiling in police stops.
4. You are a judge who believes that individuals should be allowed to choose when to die. You personally had to watch both your parents die long and agonizing deaths because your state does not have a right-to-die statute. Before you is a doctor who is being prosecuted for giving a lethal dose of morphine to a patient dying of terminal cancer. The family of the patient did not want the prosecution, the majority of the public is not in favor of the prosecution, but the prosecutor believes that if there is a law in place, it should be enforced. The doctor has opted for a bench trial. What would you do?
Must have a minimum of 250 words and two scholarly sources. Scholarly sources does not count towards world count.
Explain the difference between hypothetical and categorical imperatives. How might this distinction be used to explore the practice of correctional facilities placing violent prisoners in solitary confinement?