Code of Ethics and Security Case Study
December 20, 2010
As we examine the case of “Cop Gets 15 Years in Torture Case”, we evaluate from four different perspectives the different ethical theories; ethical relativism, ethical egoism, deontological ethics and ontological ethics to determine how the different perspectives support or condemn the conduct in this case study. The case involves the brutal sodomizing of a black male Haitian immigrant, Abner Louima by two white New York police officers in 1997 (Hays, 2000). Upon review of each perspective, we will recommend which ethical theory resolves the issue in a manner that supports the actions of the officers.
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Ontological Ethics The case study deals with a man who was taken into custody by New York Police offices and was brutally tortured by a couple of the officers in a bathroom. One officer pleads guilty while another was sentenced to 15 years. Each of the above ethical theories differs from ontological ethics. Ontological ethics deals with the concept of reality and what is in a person mind. The idea is based on the belief of God and his existence. According to the Dictionary of Philosophy (2002), ontological “is something that exists in reality must be greater than something that exists in the mind only; so God must exist outside as well as in the mind, for if he existed in the mind only and not in reality he would not be” (para. 2). Ontological ethics would condemn the actions of the police officers. The officers seem to think that they have the ultimate power and authority. The idea of the officers having the ultimate power is all in their minds so if that is the case it does not exist.
The ontological ethics would not have resolved the ethical issue that took place in the case study. However, the theory could have helped the officers in realizing that the idea that they were able to inflict that type of torture is not acceptable