case study 1178
A genuine ethical dilemma emerges when a decision maker encounters a problem offering two possible outcomes, neither of which is totally acceptable. The ethical dilemma presents the decision maker two distasteful alternatives.
For the following example, consider the dilemma presented and answer the following questions in a 1-2 page paper:
- What are the options in this situation?
- After identifying the options, choose which one is best and describe why you feel that way.
A rookie patrol officer assists a senior officer and a supervising officer with the arrest of a violent criminal suspect. After a brief struggle, the suspect is subdued, handcuffed, and incapacitated. Although the suspect offers no additional resistance other than abusive words, the senior officer continues to punch the suspect. The supervisor witnesses the punching but does not intervene. What would you do as the rookie officer?