Ethics on Police involved deaths

Joe Mullally 11/23/2010 CJ 4110

Pretrial filings argue that his client did not commit first-degree murder and asked a Los Angeles judge to instruct the jury to limit its deliberations to either second-degree murder or acquittal. When you look at the shooting an ethical dilema arises as to whether or not the shooting was justified. Accidental or not many peoples’ lives were changed on that day in San Francisco.In the early morning hours of New Year's Day 2009 responding to reports of a fight on a crowded Bay Area Rapid Transit train returning from San Francisco. The shooting has been variously labeled an involuntary manslaughter and a summary execution. justice. Mehserle's criminal defense attorney. With that said this paper will discuss a sampling of police involved shooting with all create an ethical dilemma for some. The following days saw both peaceful and violent protests. Grant was unarmed. where it was watched hundreds of thousands of times. who was prostrate and allegedly resisting arrest. The root definition of ethics means a branch of philosophy that addresses questions about morality—that is. Grant was pronounced dead the next morning at Highland Hospital in Oakland. [1] The events were captured on multiple digital video and cell phone cameras. Michael Rains. right and wrong. but mistakenly shot Grant with a pistol when he thought Grant was reaching for a gun. Officer Mehserle stood. Police Officers may see the shooting as right and the general public may see a flaw in the system. drew his gun and shot Grant once in the back. Officer Johannes Mehserle and another officer were restraining Grant. On January 13. concepts such as good and evil. The footage was disseminated to media outlets and to various websites. 2010. Alameda County prosecutors charged Mehserle with murder for the shooting. Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris filed a $25 million wrongful death claim against BART on behalf of Grant's family. BART Police officers detained Oscar Grant and several other passengers on the platform at the Fruitvale BART Station. . He resigned his position and pleaded not guilty. virtue and vice. has claimed Mehserle intended to fire his Taser. The trial began on June 10.

He will be eligible for release after around a year. It would be hard to determine what exactly the Police Officer was thinking during the encounter and why he pulled out his duty weapon. the federal government can prosecute him independently for the same act under the separate sovereigns exception to double jeopardy. arson. While running track. and eventually died the next day in Pensacola. he stopped and complained of fatigue. Anderson collapsed while performing required physical training at the camp. but then he collapsed and died. and covering his mouth while forcing him to inhale ammonia.S. the U. Initial protests against the ruling were peacefully organized. 2010 Mehserle was sentenced to two years. minus time served. The Department of Justice will be working with the U. Nearly 80 people were eventually arrested. looting. located in Panama City. and small riots broke out after dark. pressure point applications. Attorney's office in San Francisco and the FBI. On Friday. the Bay County Boot Camp. [2] On January 6th 2006 Martin Lee Anderson was a 14-year-old from Florida who died while incarcerated at a boot camp-style youth detention center.On July 8. On November 5. including holding Anderson by the arms. A surveillance video of the 30-minute of the coercion was made public. Did the department train officers with tasers in a heated situation or just on a static environment? The BART shooting is one that was unfortunate for the deceased and also the Police Officer. destruction of property. The video shows drill instructors grabbed Anderson and applied numerous uses of force. Florida after his parents elected to remove him from life support . Anderson became unresponsive during this episode. The guards convinced him to continue his run.S. When an officer is involved in a hostile situation they resort back to what they were taught in their respective department. the jury returned its verdict: Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and not guilty of second degree murder and voluntary manslaughter. 2010. July 9. take-downs. Justice Department opened a civil rights case against Mehserle. Florida and operated by the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

Nevers and Budzyn were hitting Green on the head with their flashlights. joined in the beating. why when somebody can’t continue on their own will. five additional officers arrived in response to the backup call. and who was black. they radioed for backup help. 1992. Michigan. they started beating his fist with their heavy metal flashlights. They ordered Green to get out of his car. and the five backup officers from the police force without pay. it was later alleged. who were working under cover and who suspected the location was a drug house. then they dragged him out. the officers ordered him to open it. a white officer named Robert Lessnau. The final case this paper will discuss will be the most popular one in terms of Michigan Police ethical issues. Detroit Police Chief Stanley Knox suspended Nevers. Budzyn. in part in response to an official videotape that showed the guards using physical coercion. did not participate in the beating. Another. Malice Wayne Green. would you force them to continue? Yes. neither did he intervene to stop it.The teenager's death resulted in a broad outcry accusing the camp guards of racially-motivated murder. Anderson was in a juvenile boot camp for violating probation but he did not plan to die on that day. When he balked. a black. Shortly after this case the Florida legislature voted to close the state's five juvenile boot camps. By then. unemployed steelworker. The next day. While the policemen were beating Green. died that night. An autopsy a few days later revealed that Green had died of a torn scalp and as many as 12 to 14 blows to the . Sergeant Freddie Douglas. Larry Nevers and Walter Budzyn. When he refused. The ethical issues in this case are very disturbing to many. [3] During the evening of November 5. 34. who was the ranking officer at the scene. stopped his car to drop off a friend at a house in the inner city of Detroit. Malice Green. He was observed by two white police officers. Noticing that Green kept one fist clenched. One of the five.

the National Director of Special Projects for the NAACP. congratulated the police chief and other officials on their prompt reaction by suspending the officers the very next day after the beating. Detroit held its breath. Furthermore. Detroit officials were cautious about suggestion an analogy between the King beating. King by four Los Angeles policemen only the year before: five days of rioting when the accused officers were acquitted on all but one charge. Sergeant Douglas was charged with involuntary manslaughter and willful neglect of duty for failing to stop the beating. most people were probably thinking of the aftermath of the notorious beating of black motorist Rodney G. the Anderson incident was recorded on surveillance cameras and the Green death was captured on in car camera. The three other officers were kept on indefinite suspension. Wayne County Prosecutor John D. In their respective cases the Officers may have believed they were acting in the color of their duty and believed nothing was wrong. All three case studies show some sort of ethical dilemma where the Officers had a decision to make either right or wrong. In a city whose population is 75 percent black. Jack Gravely. and the Green beating.head. The BART incident was captured on cell phone cameras. but prosecutor O'Hair said he did not have enough evidence to charge them with a crime. All four pleaded not guilty. O'Hair charged officers Budzyn and Nevers with second-degree murder. when the Detroit officers were charged. On November 16. which had been perceived as motivated by racial hatred. Police Chief Knox said he did not believe that race was a catalyst in this case. and that he had both cocaine and alcohol in his system at the time of his death. and Officer Lessnau was charged with aggravated assault. Law Enforcement Officers are constantly watched from supervisors right down to the general public. Officers are placed under a microscope an are always given the opportunity to make an ethical decision ether right or wrong. . However.

org/wiki/Malice_Green .latimes.nydailynews.Sources [1] Los Angeles Times .http://articles.com/news [3] Wikipedia -http://en.http://www.wikipedia.com/2010 [2] NY Daily News .

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