a. Ethical dilemma in protecting civilians while upholding the law
a. Law and order in any society is achieved through law enforcers and respect for the law. In
this process, enforcers face ethical dilemmas in various situations. Ethical dilemma among
law enforcers is hugely due to stereotypes, personal interests and experiences. Many
accusations against law enforcers such as discrimination and use of excessive force are on
the rise. Law enforcers should work towards maintaining order without causing harm to
3. Two arguments
a. It is ethical for law enforcers to use force and profiling to protect the civilians
b. It is unethical for law enforcers to use force and profiling to protect the civilians
4. Argument 1
a. Civilians should be ready to accept the use of force and profiling to ensure that criminal
activities are eliminated in the society. Law enforcers are able to target individuals rather
and plan how to handle them
5. Objection 1
a. It would create fear among civilians as they could be profiled because they belong to certain
group in the society.
6. Argument 2
a. The use of force and profiling would result in a negative attitude towards the police
b. The use of these approaches would result in discrimination against certain individuals due to
7. Objection 2
a. Law enforcers would not be able to contain crime because of the lack of profiling of possible
individuals involved. Crime would rise as law enforcers would use simple approaches to
handling crime which cannot work on hardcore criminals.
8. Argument 3
a. Civilians should take part in the maintenance of law and order. Community policing is crucial
in ensuring that the relationship between the law enforcers and the people is established.
Trust is important in the process as people are able to work together.
9. Objection 3
a. Although the community plays an important role in eliminating crime, this would not be
enough to solve high crime rates. Some societies cooperate with criminals hence it would
be difficult to identify criminals
10. Argument 4
a. The society and law enforcers should act within the law provisions. Every individual must
take up their responsibilities to make their neighborhoods safe and habitable.
11. Objection 4
a. The society cannot act uniformly hence there are individuals that act against the law. This
requires an active involvement of the law enforcers in the society to prevent such
individuals form committing crime. Trusting people to act right is not enough to solve crime.
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