produces some documents to show that increasing numbers of communities,
especially those along major interstate highways such as 1-70, have been
targeted by juvenile gangs for locating methamphetamine labs for production and
distribution. Furthermore, the BCI has an undercover officer pretending to be a
gang member. The undercover officer says that Griffin is a major distribution
point for much of the methamphetamine and other drugs, such as cocaine and
heroin that are making their way to Chicago, Oklahoma City, Detroit, and Omaha.
Ainsworth advises Frawley
that it seems that the county boys and the BCI seem to have the situation well
in hand. Further, Ainsworth
can't spare any of his limited juvenile officers to work on any task force. He
says that he doesn't see how this is his problem anyway, and he believes that
the BCI can handle it without his assistance. He says to Frawley, "Listen,
Bill, I'll tell you what. The first inkling my officers have of drugs in
Griffin, we'll get together, have a conference, and decide whether we ought to
get involved. Right now, I'd just as soon not bother the mayor or city council
and scare them with the idea that drugs are all over Griffin. Let's just leave
things as they are." Frawley
leaves, thinking that he's not going to get any cooperation from Ainsworth.
1. Why do you believe Ainsworth is reluctant to become
involved in an anti-gang task force to combat the spread of methamphetamine and
other drugs in Griffin? Is his decision a personal one or does it involve a
concern for his community and its image? What do you think and why?
2. Since the activities of gang members in and around
Griffin appear to be affecting drug trafficking in cities in other states,
should the BC! network with the Federal Bureau of Investigation or Drug
Enforcement Administration to enlist their manpower and assistance in combating
this local problem? Why or why not?
3. Is Dan Ainsworth engaging in ethical relativity? Why or
why not? What are the major ethical issues that can be identified in this
scenario? List each and discuss them.
Your essay is the summation of your answers to
these three questions. Devote approximately 250 words per question. You are not
limited in this regard. In short, you may write more if you feel that it would
help to explain your rationale more effectively.